Robin And The Hood | New British family film heading to Sky Cinema

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Naomie Harris and Gwendoline Christie lead the cast for Sky’s new original film, Robin And The Hood.

It’s been a good while since we’ve had a good Robin Hood adaptation. Otto Bathurst’s 2018 live-action adventure film was a disappointment, both critically and commercially and since then, filmmakers have steered clear of the fairytale classic.

Well, that’s about to change! A new family film, Robin And The Hood has just been announced and it looks like much-needed tonic in the bleak times we’re living through.

Directed by Phil Hawkins, Robin And The Hood completed filming over the summer. Stuart Benson and Paul Davidson penned the script for the family film which will debut on Sky Cinema. The film is a co-production between Sky, Silver Reels and Future Artists Entertainment.

Naomie Harris is playing a character called Clipboard, described as an “unscrupulous developer” and Star Wars and Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie plays Aura, an activist while Mark Williams will feature as the Town Mayor. Newcomer Darcey Ewart will play the title character.

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Robin and the Hood is set to be an adventure that the whole family can enjoy on Sky Cinema, with rising star Darcey Ewart as the iconic character, Robin, alongside Naomie Harris, Mark Williams and Gwendoline Christie,” said Julia Stuart, Director of Original Film at Sky.

Silver Reel, a Switzerland-based production company, optioned the script in 2021. “We were excited about Stuart and Paul’s script from the moment we encountered it – Robin and the Hood is a story with a big heart and plenty of laughter, which reminds us of the power and importance of imagination in a world that is swiftly losing it. Landing the fantastic trio of Naomie, Mark, Gwendoline and Darcey to lead our cast is a brilliant coup, and we’re thrilled that Sky, Future Artists and GFM are joining us on this adventure!” said Claudia Bluemhuber, one of the film’s producers at Silver Reel.

Here’s the official synopsis: “For the tenacious 11-year-old Robin (Ewart) and her loyal band of friends ‘The Hoods’, the patch of overgrown scrubland at the end of their cul-de-sac is a magical kingdom. Sticks and bin lids have become swords and shields, drones have become majestic eagles and the hippy lady in the forest (Christie) is a terrifying witch. The only thing limiting their colourful imagination is the prospect of losing their kingdom forever. When the slippery property developer Clipboard (Harris) turns up and dazzles the parents of the area with promises of health spas and day-care facilities, Robin and The Hoods’ world is faced with an existential threat. Despite the children’s best efforts, their protests fall on deaf ears. When their parents can’t see the wood for the trees, Robin and her friends take matters into their own hands to defend their kingdom.”

No release date for this one yet, but as always, we’ll keep you posted.

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