“Robin Hood” To Kick Off Cannes Film Festival

Director Ridley Scott‘s version of “Robin Hood” will fire off the festivities at the Cannes Film Festival this year, reports say. “Robin Hood,” which stars Russell Crowe in the title role, is the third Scott film to be screened at the Riviera since his prize-winning “The Duellists” and 1991’s “Thelma and Louise.” “Robin Hood” will be shown on May 12, before the competition proper begins.

Scott’s “Robin Hood” is unlike the previous films based on the legendary character because Crowe’s character is a respected earl rather than a heroic thief as Robin Hood is usually portrayed. Brian Helgeland wrote the script for the film, which opens in France on May 12 and worldwide on May 14. Helgeland is known for writing the scripts for Oscar Best Picture nominees “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River.”

Joining Crowe in the cast are Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, and Matthew Macfadyen, who plays an oppressive sheriff in 12th century England.