Margot Robbie has added another exciting role to her filmography. She has been cast in Marian, as the titular character. Maid Marian is character from the Robin Hood folklore and is Robin’s lover. Reported by Deadline, this film, which was scripted by newcomer Pete Barry, has Marian to take on the mantle Robin Hood leaves behind after his unfortunate demise.
“After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.”
Robbie is a producer on Marian via her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, and Donald De Line and Amy Pascal of Sony.
Marian is one of the many projects Robbie is attached to, making her one of the more prolific actresses working today. She is currently filming I, Tonya, the biopic of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. She is also set to star in the DCEU’s Gotham City Sirens, the all-female DC villain film. Peter Rabbit based on the children books from Beatrix Potter and the untitled Winnie the Pooh project from Fox Searchlight are amongst her many projects.
This is not the only Robin Hood based film on the horizon. In typical Hollywood fashion Robin Hood is getting an origin story through Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment. Robin Hood: Origins is in production and it stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson, Ben Mendelsohn and Paul Anderson. This film is set for a March 2018 release. What makes Marian particularly exciting is that Marian is taking on the Robin Hood mantle, the kind of role women are rarely seen in. These historical epic type films rarely have women in the lead. Marian is positioned to be a win for women in leading roles, particularly in roles dominated by men. Robbie’s leading lady status, and growing popularity will surely give this film the boost it needs to make an impact.