Cate Blanchett has been deemed to be the most likely candidate to replace Sienna Miller in "Nottingham". In the latest news regarding the possible casting, The Telegraph suggested that Blanchett could be stepping closer to landing the role of Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe, who has been set to play both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham.
The trade based their report on Mark Strong's comment at the 29th London Film Critics' Circle Awards on Wednesday, February 4. "I think Cate Blanchett is set to take the Maid Marian part," said the actor who has reportedly signed up to play Sir Guy of Gisbourne in the movie. "She is a wonderful actress and it would make it a much classier film if she was in it."
Cate Blanchett's name has been tossed into the Maid Marian's possible casting after Sienna Miller was reported to be leaving the project. Rumors were circulating that the younger actress' exit may be prompted from the fear that she may make lead star Russell Crowe look "old and fat". "It is a mess. Russell never lost the weight he put on for 'Body of Lies' and so the love scenes between him and Sienna would have been laughable," New York Post newspaper quoted a source.
"He's so old and fat and she's so young and gorgeous," the source further explained. "Word is that producers are looking for an older, plumper actress to play the role so Crowe doesn't look like a paunchy grandfather. Someone in her late 30s or early 40s."
"Nottingham" is a new action drama movie which offers a different kind of Robin Hood tale. Centering the story on the love triangle between Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Sheriff of Nottingham, the hero won't be the 'Prince of Thieves', but the usually-described to be wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. To be directed by Ridley Scott, the film is expected to be finished in 2010.