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He's played a handsome count in Marie Antoinette, a ruthless serial killer in The Fall and sexy business magnate with a naughty penchant for BDSM in Fifty Shades of Grey. And now, Jamie Dornan is getting ready to pull on some tights in a brand spanking new take on Sherwood legend Robin Hood.

According to recent news, the actor is in talks to play Will Scarlett in Robin Hood: Origins, a project stemming from the same people who brought us the Hunger Games extravaganza.

Yet, if you thought that this was merely another adaptation of the same old story about the heroic outlaw "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor," stand corrected. As the title of the upcoming movie suggests, this will provide a fresh look at Robin Hood's life before events kicked off as we know them. The plot of the movie follows our protagonist as he returns from the Crusades, forming a band of outlaws to combat corruption around Sherwood.

As it stands, Taron Egerton will be playing the lead, Eve Hewson will be the beautiful Maid Marian and Jamie Foxx will step in for Little John.

Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson and Jamie Foxx
Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson and Jamie Foxx

Oh, and it's perhaps worth a mention that Hollywood stalwart Leonardo DiCaprio is producing, with Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst at the helm. So if you're having doubts, rest assured that considering those involved, it's pretty much a given that Robin Hood: Origins will be very, very good.

And as for Dornan's character? Well, as Will Scarlett, he will be bringing Robin's half-brother to the big screen — a trusty member of Little John's infamous group of Merry Men.

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Yep that's right, we haven't even seen Jamie in his second stint as seducer Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise and it seems that he's already scratching away at roles that might release him from those handcuffs. This month, he made these feelings known in an interview about the project, saying:

“We have done two movies back to back now, and I’m actually finished with it. I move on very fast in my mind. As much as from the outside people think you are synonymous with one character, but I’m very much like, ‘Right, that’s done’ and move on to the next project and worry about that character.”

So, while we wait patiently for our first glimpses of Jamie Dornan in those figure-hugging tights, let's just quickly remind ourselves of three other Robin Hood movies that have wowed audiences over the past few decades.

1. Robin Hood (2010)

Russell Crowe leading the pack in the 2010 version
Russell Crowe leading the pack in the 2010 version
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Who's in it? Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Max von Sydow

Director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe make a great team when it comes to the big screen, which is a good reason to watch them do their thing together for the fifth time in the 2010 adaptation. Quite like the upcoming project starring Jamie Dornan, this is a prequel of sorts to the popular myth — this particular one stars actor Scott Grimes as Will Scarlett.

2. Robin Hood (1973)

  • Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Who's in it? Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Although this was the first film produced by the House of Mouse following Walt Disney's 1967 death, 1973's Robin Hood is up there with the studio's best animated creations. Don't pretend you don't recognize the tunes!

3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Kevin Costner as Robin Hood
Kevin Costner as Robin Hood
  • Director: Kevin Reynolds
  • Who's in it? Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman

A mega '90s blockbuster, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves saw Alan Rickman in one of his most iconic roles as the ruthless, slurring Sheriff George of Nottingham. Featuring explosive fight sequences and a number of Hollywood's biggest names such as Christian Slater as Will Scarlett, the colorful feature remains one of the best action movies of the decade.

Do you think Robin Hood: Origins can top it?

Which has been your favorite Robin Hood adaptation so

(Sources: The Guardian)


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