Russell Crowe’s “Robin Hood” to open Cannes
It’s official: Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” will open the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Wednesday, May 12, according to Variety. The film will be presented out of competition.
Scott’s blockbuster reunites him with “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe, who will play the dashing English war hero who returns to his village in time to oppose the oppressive Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfadyen). Along the way, Robin must win the affection of the recently widowed Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett) while leading his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest to victory.
Cannes has become a launch pad for Hollywood’s summer hopefuls, and even boasts the openings of a few Oscar contenders. (Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” screened during last year’s fest.) This year, “Alice in Wonderland” director Tim Burton has been tapped to lead the festival’s jury. More titles should be announced int he coming weeks as the fest’s opening approaches.
Scott’s “Robin Hood,” which is produced by Universal Studios and penned by Brian Helgeland (“L.A Confidential”) opens stateside two days after its Cannes bow, Friday, May 14.