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Maid Blanchett in Robin Hood

Published February 25, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Once Nottingham, now Robin Hood, Universal Pictures has stopped focusing on the title to get back to casting. First pick is Cate Blanchett, who will star opposite Russell Crowe as Maid Marian.

Cate Blanchett for Robin Hood

Robin Hood -- note: this title might change later on -- has been given the greenlight by Universal Pictures and a hefty $130 million budget. Originally scripted by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, the screenplay has received a recent overhaul by Brian Helgeland that will take that story into a somewhat different direction than originally planned.

Ridley Scott will direct in the UK and hope to make an epic worth of a PG-13 rating.

Crowe will play Robin of Loxley in an origin story of Robin Hood that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin's abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman.

Just in case you haven't been keeping up with Hood updates, the villain in the film won't be a person but a country, France.

Though Sienna Miller was originally supposed to play the role of Maid Marian, producer Brian Grazer is happy with the swap. According to him, Blanchett makes a better match to Crowe.

"They are both highly accomplished dramatic actors who are taken seriously playing rich characters in period pieces, but each has the ability to show you fun," Grazer said.

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