Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" to open Cannes film fest

Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:07pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - "Robin Hood," starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and directed by Ridley Scott, will open the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Crowe's role as Robin Hood follows several portrayals of the archer who robbed the rich to give to the poor by Hollywood stars, including Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, Sean Connery and Kevin Costner.

The latest movie version, which also stars Max Von Sydow, Lea Seydoux and William Hurt, will not be judged during the May festival, its organizers said in a statement.

The movie was produced by Universal Studios and the screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, who also wrote "L.A Confidential" and "Mystic River."

Scott has directed Crowe before in the 2000 Roman imperial film "Gladiator" and in 2006 as a slippery London financial markets trader whose life is suddenly changed with the inheritance of his uncle's French wine estate in "A Good Year."

Scott is also well known for such films as the cult classic "Blade Runner" and the 1991 "Thelma and Louise," starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.

"Robin Hood" will come out in France on the first day of the Cannes Festival on May 12, two days before its worldwide release.

(Reporting by Sophie Taylor, editing by Paul Casciato)