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Ben Mendelsohn To Play Sheriff Of Nottingham In Robin Hood: Origins

Ben Mendelsohn is cornering the market on big-budget bad guys.

Variety reports that the Emmy-winning actor who plays the villainous Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in talks to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Origins.

The movie, directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), will be a gritty new version of the Robin Hood legend, and it will follow a war-hardened Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) who returns home after the Crusades and leads a revolt against the corrupt English monarchy.

The film also stars Jamie Foxx as Little John, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, and Jamie Dornan as Robin Hood's half-brother Will Scarlett.

The late Alan Rickman played the Sheriff of Nottingham opposite Kevin Costner inĀ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Matthew Macfayden portrayed the character in 2010's Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.

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