Vanessa Redgrave is joining the cast of director Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, which is beginning production in the U.K.
Redgrave will play Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother of King John (Oscar Isaacs). Also joining the cast is French actress Lea Seydoux, who plays Princess Isabella in the upcoming Inglourious Basterds.
The Universal/Imagine project, written by Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris and Brian Helgeland follows Robin from his early days in King Richard’s army to his return to Nottingham to his creation of a band of mercenaries who challenge the sheriff and eventually try to prevent civil war.
Producing are Brian Grazer, Scott and Crowe. Charles Schlissel is executive producing.
The cast also includes Mark Strong as King John’s henchman Sir Godfrey; Scott Grimes as Welshman Will Scarlet; Kevin Durand as Scotsman Little John; and Alan Doyle as the Irish troubadour Allan Adayle.