But sadly, it was recently revealed that Crowe would not playing the sheriff. Instead, Pride and Prejudice actor Matthew Macfadyen will pick up the role, according to fansite Darcylicious. Yes, fansite information can be shady, but Macfadyen’s agent confirmed that the British actor would indeed take the role and that he will appear on set for shooting in May and June.
The movie follows the basic Robin Hood plot with slightly more emphasis on Robin’s early days in King Richard’s army.
I’m not entirely sure about Macfadyen as a villain, but he does put on a very commanding, stern look that could be essential to the role of an authoritative Sheriff of Nottingham.
Who knows why producers nixed the dual role idea for Crowe – maybe it was too controversial or expensive to pay him double the money on one movie set. Whatever the reason, I’m glad that Crowe stuck with the Robin Hood role over the sheriff – he plays a better hero, anyway.
What’s your preference? Would you rather have seen Crowe double up?, or will Macfadyen shape up to be a good (bad) Sheriff of Nottingham?