Over the last couple of months there has been a lot of speculation over who is going to play Robin Hood in Ridley Scott‘s film Nottingham.
Russell Crowe is signed on to play the Sherriff of Nottingham, who this time will be the hero, while Robin Hood will be the villain. Since Scott can’t decide, we put it up to our readers to choose the best Robin from a list of likely candidates. And…it looks like we can’t choose either!
The young scot and the now-legendary brit received 26% of the vote each. McAvoy has made a name for himself in some astounding early roles in The Last King of Scotland and Atonement. He is also starring in the upcoming Wanted with Angelina Jolie. I think McAvoy has a bit of the cheeky charm that could make a villainous Robin Hood seem more lovable than anything else. Christian Bale on the other hand, could be truly ominous, and maybe even a frightening Hood. Originally the front-runner for the role, it seems people rushed home from The Dark Knight to vote for him as a worthy Robin Hood. However, rumours of Bale taking the main role have been quashed. Fair enough really. I think this guy will be busy enough playing John Connor.
Tied for 2nd place (or should that be 3rd) is the thespian Clive Owen and the australian chameleon Cate Blanchett. Both of them registered 16% of the vote. Clive Owen has shown his medieval chops in King Arthur, and proven a pretty good villain in The Bourne Identity. However, I think its been proven that Cate Blanchett can play pretty much any role. Maybe a bit of femininity could go a long way in Nottingham. Plus, Blanchett hooking up with Sienna Miller as Maid Marion would be pretty sweet.
Coming last is english newcomer Sam Riley with 0% of the votes. Yes, 0 as in Zero. This is a shame, because Riley is Russell Crowe’s favoured choice. Riley broke through last year playing Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis in Control. Apart from a couple of episodes of Law and Order, Riley hasn’t been given many other roles to show his skills. Although he’s not the popular choice, will the unknown Riley prove to be the best Robin Hood? Well, at least he would be better than Kevin Costner.