Jamie Foxx Lands Role in 'Robin Hood: Origins'
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Jamie Foxx is set to play Little John in “Robin Hood: Origins,” a Lionsgate film that was put into production late last year, Deadline reports. His castmates include Taron Egerton, who plays the title role, and Eve Hewson, who is set to play Maid Marian.

Foxx’s character is described as “more in the mold of the muscular turns he has put into films like Django Unchained than some wizened mentor.” The character is a war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out as distrusting of Robin Hood before warming up to him in what is being called a gritty take on the legendary story.

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Previous depictions of the film have ranged from comedy to satire, so this one is set to be a very different, more action-packed and dark version of the age-old saga. It will still be set in Sherwood Forest and it’s being directed by Otto Bathurst of Peaky Blinders fame. The most recent Robin Hood film was in 2010 and starred Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, topping $320 million worldwide at the box office.

The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way Productions, as well as Safehouse’s Harold and Tory Tunnell and Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.

Academy Award—winning Foxx hasn’t starred in a film since 2014’s Annie, deemed a flop, bringing in $62.2 million worldwide. He’s currently also set to act in a comedy crime heist film called Baby Driver, which is in pre-production, and Sleepless Night, a crime thriller currently in post-production.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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