Telegraph.co.uk-Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Taron Egerton. All superb Robin Hoods, in very different ways. Egerton, who is about to join their roll call with his gritty new Robin, in a film produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, does not wear Lincoln green, or go riding through the glen. ‘He doesn’t slap thighs,’ grins Egerton.
His Robin is more like an anti-capitalist protester, a hoodie-wearing corruption fighter with a multicultural team of Merry Men. And a kick-ass Maid Marian, of course, in Eve Hewson – who just happens to be Bono’s daughter.
‘It’s high octane and it’s fast and edgy,’ says Egerton, whose fingers are still calloused from all the arrow action. He learnt how to perform next-level archery. ‘I’d be holding up to five arrows in one hand,’ he says, adding that he’d be firing them while leaping through the air. Pretty impressive stuff.
Directed by Otto Bathurst, of Peaky Blinders fame, and filmed in Dubrovnik, this all-new Robin Hood transforms Sherwood into what Egerton describes as a ‘hotchpotch world where there are different skin colours and different voices’.
Relatable, likeable, funny, oh, and hot – Egerton, 29, carries the movie with ease. Despite having graduated from Rada on a seeming fast-track to fame, he is still finding his way out of the chrysalis, still blinking at his new-found success, surprised that designers such as Giorgio Armani want to dress him for events.
Still reeling, in fact, from meeting Mr Armani for the first time. ‘He grabbed me by the face and looked at me in the eyes for about 12 seconds,’ says Egerton. ‘Which doesn’t sound long but it was a long time. Then he just nodded. If I believed in spiritual experiences, that would be one.’
Earlier today, Taron appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote Robin Hood. The episode will be premiering on Friday on BBC One.
Comicbook.com – The first two Kingsman movies from Matthew Vaughn and Fox have focused on the adventures of outcast-turned-super spy Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton. However, the upcoming third film in the franchise won’t be following suit, and Egerton will not be involved.
During an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK ahead of his new film, Robin Hood, Egerton was asked about the third Kingsman movie, which was already reported to be a prequel to the first two. The actor quickly confirmed that Eggsy would be sitting this installment out.
While this may be disappointing to the fans of the franchise, Egerton goes on to explain that he isn’t done with the franchise for good. He and Vaughn still continue to talk about the future of Kingsman, and he plans on portraying the character of Eggsy again, it’s just that this new movie tells a different story in the Kingsman universe.
“That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again,” Egerton confirmed. “I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me.”
Egerton finished by saying that Vaughn had told him the plan for the third movie, and that it was a very exciting premise, despite the lack of Eggsy.
“His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting,” Egerton added. “I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”
Early reports regarding the new Kingsman film say that it will take place during World War I and that Ralph Fiennes will take on the lead role. This will likely help explain more about the Kingsman organization itself.
Still, as great as all this sounds, it won’t quite feel the same without Eggsy around. Egerton has exploded onto the scene since the first Kingsman film was released, and he’s nabbed a few major roles as of late. After his turn as Robin Hood later this month, the actor will portray music icon Elton John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.
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Deadline: A Private War star Rosamund Pike, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Crazy Rich Asians’Gemma Chan and Kingsman’s Taron Egerton have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s adaptation of Watership Down.
It comes as the first images of the show are revealed. The quartet join the likes of James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton, which is produced by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment.
Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Capaldi plays seagull Kehaar, Egerton joins as El-Ahrairah and Chan plays Dewdrop.
Elsewhere, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby round out the A-list cast.
Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring a new interpretation to the beloved story. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.
It will as two special feature length episodes on BBC One at Christmas and will run globally on Netflix. Executive producers are Rory Aitken, Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran for 42; Noam Murro for Biscuit Entertainment; Martin Rosen; and Ben Irving for BBC One. The series is co-directed by Alan Short and Seamus Malone and produced by Georgia Dussaud and Cecil Kramer.
British pop star Sam Smith has also written an original song – Fire on Fire – that will serve as the theme tune. It was co-written with Steve Mac and was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Abbey Road Studios in September 2018.
Rory Aitken and Josh Varney, Executive Producers for 42 said, “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sam – his stunning track resonates deeply with the themes of the show. We’re bowled over by the talent involved in the mini series, both on screen and off; it’s a labour of love to adapt such a deeply moving and important book, and we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the show to television audiences this Christmas.”
Ben Irving, Executive Producer for BBC One added, “It’s a real testament to the calibre of this adaptation of Watership Down that it has attracted such an exciting roll call of names to bring these much loved characters to life. Now – in Sam Smith – we have one of the world’s most successful recording artists, with the perfect new song to serve as the series’ theme. BBC One viewers are in for a treat this Christmas.”
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