Margot Robbie is set to play Maid Marian in an updated, feminist spinoff of the Robin Hood saga. With this news, a question comes to mind, why can’t she just play Robin?
Consistently following the age old formula of this beloved character in movies has failed in these modern times; the last Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe as the man in tights pretty much bombed, arguably because it was recycling the same old tired plot.
So far there have been fourteen different film adaptations of the English folklore tale all following similar tropes – Maid Marian as the Virgin Mary figure and Robin Hood as the courageous outlaw, instilled with the giant task of saving her and everyone else. The fifteenth remake is in production, with Taron Egerton in the lead role and Eve Hewson playing his courtly love interest. Why is this happening exactly?
There have been attempts in the past to redefine Marian’s role – remember the 1989 BBC One series. Maid Marian and her Merry Men? Robin Hood’s role was reduced to an incompetent ex-tailor in the musical parody.
Margot’s take follows a similar track though slightly more dramatic. The premise involves Maid Marian years after Robin’s death, when she’s become a kind of Sherwood revolutionary, leading her band of merry men (and women, hopefully) into a war against the establishment and perhaps the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Nevertheless, we think they should drop the Maid Marian title and give her the damn bow and arrow already. Margot would fit into Robin’s boots perfectly, considering her resume of playing tough, battle-ready characters like Tarzan’s Jane and the mad slugger Harley Quinn. After all, the former dancer can more than hold her own when it comes to Robin Hood’s physical demands of hiding in trees and scaling castle walls.
Frankly, it’s about time they change the tune of this legendary character and dump Marian and her chastity belt. We’re interested in seeing what Robbie can do with Robin.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.