A slew of first-look images of the upcoming film also feature Egerton's co-stars Jamie Foxx as Little John and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian.
Released via Entertainment Weekly, one of the photos finds Robin Hood, wielding a bow and arrow, taking aim. Another photo sees the titular rebel with Maid Marian. He appears to teach the beautiful woman how to shoot an arrow. The other pic features Robin Hood and Little John, who is the leader of outlaws group Merry Men.
#TargonEgerton is taking aim as #RobinHood in these exclusive first look photos at the film, slated for a 2018 release from Lionsgate. “I was approached not long after the first #Kingsman movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was ‘Why?’ [But Director Otto Bathurst] told me he wanted to do something entirely revisionist, something that can’t be tied down to a medieval universe," Egerton told us. Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson and Ben Mendelsohn are also on board for the film. Swipe through for more photos, and click the link in our bio for details. 📷: Attila Szvacsek/Lionsgate; Larry Horricks/Lionsgate
Otto Bathurst directs the new "Robin Hood" movie, which is described as a gritty take on the classic tale. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the helmer teased his very very different take on the classic character. "You don't become a legend for 800 years if you've just stolen a few bags of money from rich people to give to the poor," he said. "In my mind, Robin Hood was this sort of seriously militarized anarchist revolutionary, a freedom thinker and a truth seeker. And the more I got into the story, it just became startling how utterly relevant it is to what's going on in society now."
Star Egerton added his own reasoning for joining the project, citing Bathurst's unique vision as his main motivation. "I was approached not long after the first 'Kingsman' movie had come out, and my initial response, to be totally honest, was 'Why?'," the "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" actor said. "[But] Otto told me he wanted to do something entirely revisionist, something that can't be tied down to a medieval universe. The first act of the movie, these scenes crusading in Syria, were written like something from 'The Hurt Locker'. It was fantastic, and that was enough to convince me."
Co-written by Joby Harold, Peter Craig and David James Kelly, "Robin Hood (2018)" also stars Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet, half-brother of the titular thief, member of Merry Men and husband of Marian, and Ben Mendelsohn as Sheriff of Nottingham. The action-adventure film will be released in U.S. theaters on September 21 next year.