Christian Bale, soon to be seen as the caped crusader in The Dark Knight, is in talks about donning the jolly Lincoln Green outfit of Robin Hood, where he will be part of a menage a trois between Russell Crowe’s Sheriff of Nottingham and Sienna Miller’s Maid Marian.
Nothing is signed for Bale, but director Ridley Scott is exceedingly keen to cast him.
Costume fittings begin next week, so he’ll be either in or out by then. Vanessa Redgrave and William Hurt are also in discussions about being in the film, which is called Nottingham.
Saoirse Ronan (who appeared with Vanessa in Joe Wright’s award-winning film Atonement) will also be in the picture.
Crowe and Bale starred together in last year’s 3:10 to Yuma. We’ll have to wait and see if they will sign onto the project, which Universal is looking to release on November 6, 2009.
UPDATE: Ain’t It Cool News is denying the rumors although they have no specific source, and Latino Review now reports from their own sources that Russell Crowe would like Sam Riley, who played Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control, to play the part of Robin Hood.
Stay tuned as this story develops and the film gets closer to production.