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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Here's That 'Robin Hood' Movie You Requested

Well, not exactly. Piggy backing off the success of Saving Mr. Banks is another throwback to old Hollywood, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD. Seemingly more about late actor Errol Flynn's scandalous relationship with ingenue actress Barbara Aadland than anything else (according to the new trailer), the movie apparently follows the life and times of the thespian, widely known not only for his devilish charm on the big screen but for also being a womanizing playboy in real life throughout his heyday (1930s-1950s).

Dakota Fanning plays Aadland, who I believe is 15 years old when she is first courted by a 40-something-year-old Flynn. Yeah...the clip is a bit eyebrow-raising, to same the least (truthfully, I'm not really believing Fanning in this type of role, but I'll have to wait and see it). But Susan Sarandon as Aadland's quirky, protective mother (with stage mom tendencies), Florence, lightens things up a bit.  More in the synopsis:

Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother - which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.

The movie was inspired by none other than Florence's own book (co-written by Tedd Thomey) which recounts the events of this affair. (In that case, we may expect a slightly skewed story, or not). Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (mostly known for helming the 2007 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award winner, Quinceañera) co-directed and co-wrote the film.

Watch the trailer:

THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD comes to theaters August 29. 


Brittani Burnham said...

Interesting, I've never heard about this one until now. I love Fanning, so I'll probably check it out for her.

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