According to Variety, Russell Crowe will star as the Sheriff in Ridley Scott's new drama Nottingham. Produced by Brian Grazer, this unique take on the Robin Hood myth finds Crowe's noble and brave lawman working for a shady king. The upstanding enforcement officer will also engage himself in a love triangle between Maid Marion and Robin Hood.

The script was written by Showtime's Sleeper Cell creators Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. Russell Crowe became attached when Universal picked up the spec screenplay.

Scott plans on directing the movie as soon as he finishes his untitled CIA thriller for Warner Brothers, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. Production on Nottingham begins in 2008.

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