Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, is set to open the Cannes Film Festival and will be screening out of competition on May 12. Robin Hood also stars Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, Mark Strong, and William Hurt, and depicts the early beginnings of the Robin Hood story. LA Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland wrote the script, and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer produced with Ridley Scott and his company Scott Free. Ridley Scott’s previous films screened at Cannes were 1977’s The Duellists and Thelma and Louise in 1991. Robin Hood will be released worldwide on May 14, which can’t come soon enough since it looks awesome. Anytime we get to see Russell Crowe kick serious ass is great and should happen more often, and the film looks like it’ll be a graphic and unique take on the story.
Hit the jump to read the official synopsis. Robin Hood hits theaters nationwide on May 14th. [THR]
Here’s the official synopsis for Robin Hood:
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as “Robin Hood,” whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
Release date: May 14, 2010
Cast: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins and Max von Sydow
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Screenplay by: Brian Helgeland
Story by: Brian Helgeland and Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe
Executive Producers: Charles J.D. Schlissel, Michael Costigan, Jim Whitaker, Ryan Kavanaugh