You may not have asked for it, but soon enough we'll be getting another Robin Hood movie, this time examining the origins of the character and why he hates taxes so much. If nothing else, Robin Hood: Origins has been filling out quite the enviable cast and it only gets better with the addition of Ben Mendelsohn. In hindsight, it's a no-brainer casting because the Emmy-winning actor will be stepping into the role as the iconic series villain, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Variety has the scoop, and they report that Ben Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play the Sheriff of Nottingham. It doesn't look like its a done deal just yet, but it isn't exactly hard to see Mendelsohn as an evil Brit riding around the forest on horseback. Nothing is known about the role or if it'll be tweaked with the adaptation, but if you've seen a Robin Hood movie at any point in your lifetime, then you already have a solid grasp of what we're in for.
In case you haven't seen one of the (checks Wikipedia) at least 40 different adaptations of Robin Hood, here's the skinny on the Sherrif of Nottingham. Typically, he's just as the name describes: the sheriff of a town called Nottingham. The main villain of the Robin Hood tales, it's his responsibility to capture Robin Hood and his Merry Men. His personality varies based on the version, but he's usually portrayed as a cruel schemer and a coward. He's been played by many actors over the years such as the late great Alan Rickman, Melville Cooper, Robert Shaw, Matthew Macfadyen and a fat gray wolf in the animated Disney version.
Robin Hood: Origins will "center on Robin Hood, a war-hardened crusader who joins a Moorish commander in an audacious revolt against the corrupt English monarchy." Seeing as how the film is called Origins, this revolt might not work out for them just yet. Taron Egerton will play the titular character, with Jamie Foxx as Little John; Eve Hewson as Maid Marian; and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlett. The film will be directed by Otto Bathurst, with a script from Joby Harold.
In just a few days, you'll be able to see -- among a vast majority of things -- Ben Mendelsohn as a different villainous character in a movie about the good guys stealing from the bad guys: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Mendelsohn plays Imperial Officer Orson Krennic, the primary antagonist of the film. Krennic serves as one of the many obstacles standing in the way of Jyn Erso and crew in their mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. Who can guess how it'll end, so make sure to see it on December 16 when it hits theaters.