Two weeks ago actor Mark Strong told The Telegraph that there was a strong possibility that Cate Blanchett would be playing Maid Marian in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (then called Nottingham). Variety have now confirmed that she will be taking on the role alongside Russell Crowe, and filming should start around April time in the UK.
The film will be shot at a $130 million budget, benefiting from favorable exchange rates and tax credits that come from shooting in the U.K. Scott will be aiming for a PG-13 rating.
Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an origin story of Robin Hood that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin’s abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman.