I'm not sure why this guy's career hasn't taken off yet. After going over a lot of the "known" names, this guy just tops
Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Guy of Gisbourne was a young lord, not the Sheriff's lackey. In my version he's the main villain, and Robin's romantic
rival. Who can smoulder with the best of them as a young lord out for the hero's woman? Mr. Stanford.
The picture says it all.
Much, the Miller's Son
My take on Much is that he's the young peasant who is saved by Robin early in the film and pledges himself to him. Max
is young, british and experienced. Not a problem.
Maid Marian (my choice)
She's not a professional actress, but she does act, she's the right age (but could pass for older) and she's just plain
perfect. If I had my choice, this would be her film debut.
William de Wendenal, Sheriff of Nottingham
In my version of the tale, the Sheriff is not particularly evil, just corrupt and out for himself. As the man who controls
the law for nearly all of Northern England, he is pulled into Gisbourne's plan to bring Robin Hood down. I also see him as
something of a wit, with a sense of humor. So why not a comedian? In case you are wondering, William de Wendenal was a real
person and he was sheriff of Nottingham during the time Richard was away at the Crusades. He may not have been corrupt, but
he did tax the people heavily.
In the picture he looks like a bit of a brooder, but anyone who's seen 300 knows that he has a fun side. I am
not including the rivalry between he and Robin, and in my version they are cousins, both young lords deposed due to their
The villain behind the villain. Prince John in my tale is a greedy power-grabber who, among other things, tries to usurp
the throne in his brother's absense. Gisbourne is working for him, and offering to help rid the kingdom of a certain vigilante.
I do not see him as a goof, the way he keeps being portrayed.
Maid Marian (if we must have an established actress)
Of course, there's always the chance that someone will insist upon an established actress. For the same reasons as Ms.
Zerbin, I pick Ms. Hurd-Wood.
He's always cast as big, scary guys, so it fits. Plus he's a very good actor. At 6'3", he might have to have some camera
angles/digital growth effects to make him 7', but otherwise he fits.
Alan a Dale
He's going to be a bit of a drunken travelling bard, and I like o'l Callum, particularly when he plays a layabout.
Forget the whole "Sean Connery" approach to Richard; he was not an old man when he went off to fight in the crusades.
I mean, he was 41 when he died. My version of him is not quite as saintly as he was portrayed in previous versions;
he even thanks his brother for bringing the church under direct control of the crown. But then, that's more historically accurate.
He plays a much larger role in my film, with his kidnapping by Leopold actually portrayed and his saving happening about 3/4th's
of the way into the film.