New details and images have been revealed of the new Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton, and it looks as though it may be going in a gritty new direction.

I have no clue if I’m in the majority here, but since it was announced that a new Robin Hood movie was in the works I was pretty damn excited. Many may be completely ambivalent towards the project, but the outlaw and his merry men have always had a special place in my heart.

When Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was released way back in 1991 it was right at a sweet spot for me. Sure, when you look back now there’s plenty wrong with the movie, not least Kevin Costner’s wooden performance, and that he just refused to even try to make himself sound not American. But as a kid, before any superhero, I idolised that character and what he stood for.

Whilst speaking to EW, director of this new iteration, Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), seems to share that admiration, which is awesome to hear – “You don’t become a legend for 800 years if you’ve just stolen a few bags of money from rich people to give to the poor. In my mind, Robin Hood was this sort of seriously militarised anarchist revolutionary, a freedom thinker and a truth seeker. And the more I got into the story, it just became startling how utterly relevant it is to what’s going on in society now.”

Taren Egerton also revealed that although he was contacted not long after the first Kingsman movie, he definitely wasn’t on board right away, as like many he wondered why the character was getting another go-around. When he saw the script though, that all changed – “The first act of the movie, these scenes crusading in Syria, were written like something from The Hurt Locker. It was fantastic, and that was enough to convince me.”

Everything is sounding pretty positive for this project then, and that’s without even mentioning that Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, The Dark Knight Rises) will be playing the Sheriff of Nottingham! I mean come on, this movie has to be great?!

Check out the new images below;

Robin Hood
Image via Lionsgate
Robin Hood
Image via Lionsgate
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