Hollywood tentpole title “Robin Hood,” by British director Ridley Scott will open the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 12th. The film will be presented out of competition.
The film is the second consecutive big budget Hollywood opener for Cannes following last year’s Pixar/Disney 3-D animated film, “Up.” The festival opened with Fernando Meirelles’ “Blindness” in 2008 and Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights” opened the venerable event in 2007. Back in ’06, the event opened with “The Da Vinci Code.”
Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, Lea Seydoux and William Hurt, “Robin Hood” is based on the famous legendary outlaw archer of English folklore.
Beginning with the death of King Richard the Lionheart in battle, the story follows Robin (Crowe) whose previous interest was only self-preservation. After Richard’s death, he travels to Nottingham, a town strife with corruption under the thumb of its leader, the sheriff, and rampant taxation. In Nottingham, he falls for a spirited widow, Lady Marian (Blanchett). Hoping to win over Marian’s affections and save the village, Robin along with his gang of mercenaries begin raids on the town’s indulgent upper class.
“Robin Hood” will open in theaters in France the day of its Cannes premiere, and released worldwide on May 14th.