Lionsgate‘s Robin Hood: Origins has today found its Maid Marion with Deadline reporting that Eve Hewson has taken the female lead in the Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders,” “Black Mirror”) film. Eve Hewson can be seen on the big screen this Friday, starring in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
Described as an origin story in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Robin Hood: Origins aims for a new take on the folk hero. The story finds Robin Hood (played by Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Taron Egerton) returning from The Crusades to discover a Sherwood Forest rife with corruption and evil. Teaming with a band of outlaws, he takes matters into his own hands to set things right, with very little merry-making along the way.
Said to feature a “gritty” tone, the script for Robin Hood: Origins hails from Joby Harold, who recently penned Guy Ritchie’s revisionist take on Camelot titled Knights of the Roundtable. The film will be produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson along with Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safe House Prods.
Robin Hood: Origins is one of several projects in development based on the legendary character. Disney has their own Pirates of the Caribbean-esque take on the legend titled Nottingham & Hood, Sony, meanwhile, is developing an entire Robin Hood shared universe and Warner Bros. has their long-gestating futuristic version titled Hood.
Eve Hewson is also known for big screen roles in films like Enough Said, where she starred opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini. She also starred on Steven Soderbergh’s acclaimed Cinemax series, The Knick.