Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton is in early talks to take on the title role in Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins. Deadline reports that negotiations have just begun, but the actor may run into scheduling complications with Kingsman 2, which is expected to get the green light from 20th Century Fox. Production on Robin Hood: Origins is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.
Robin Hood: Origins is being compared to The Dark Knight trilogy, since it provides a dark and gritty origin story for the title character. The story begins as Robin Hood returns home to Sherwood Forrest after fighting in The Crusades, only to find that his hometown has been overrun with corruption and evil. He forms a merry band of outlaws to take back his homeland. If Taron Egerton's deal is finalized, Lionsgate will next move on to casting the title character's love interest.
German filmmaker Otto Bathurst has signed on to direct Robin Hood: Origins from a screenplay by Joby Harold. The screenwriter is also working on another origin story, Knights of the Round Table, the first of a proposed seven-movie franchise that will follow the legend of King Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing with his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson, alongside Safe House's Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell and Basil Iwanyk.
This project is just one of many Robin Hood movies in various states of development. Disney is working on Nottingham & Hood, which is said to be in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted. Sony Pictures also picked up an action-adventure Robin Hood pitch that is said to be a hybrid of the Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious franchises. Warner Bros. is quietly developing an untitled Robin Hood movie from writer Will Beall (Gangster Squad).
Taron Egerton's Kingsman: The Secret Service pulled in over $400 million worldwide at the box office, and he also starred in the indie film Testament of Youth. He will next be seen in Eddie the Eagle, alongside Hugh Jackman, although a specific release date has yet to be given to that project. Do you think Taron Egerton is the right choice to play Robin Hood?