Los Angeles - Jamie Dornan is in final negotiations to join Robin Hood: Origins.
The Fifty Shades Darker actor is in talks to take on the role of Will Scarlet, who is traditionally one of the main members of the band of Merry Men and an expert swordsman, alongside the likes of Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, should Dornan take on the role it will be slightly different to the usual Robin Hood movies as Will is to be married to Marian and not best pleased when he discovers she has feelings for Robin, who will be portrayed by Egerton.
Foxx will star as comical character Little John and Eve Hewson has signed up to star as Maid Marian in the Lionsgate motion picture.
Otto Bathurst will direct the project, which is expected to starting filming in January in Budapest.
In 1991 movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Christian Slater portrayed Will, who was the illegitimate half-brother of Robin.
Mel Brooks took on the role in Robin Hood: Men in Tights and the character was played by Scott Grimes in 2010 movie Robin Hood.
What's more, in 2011 TV movie Princess of Thieves - which starred Keira Knightley - Will was portrayed by Crispin Letts.
The film - set in Nottingham, England - will show benevolent fugitive Robin Hood meeting Little John in Sherwood Forest and together they lead the band of Merry Men, stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
The moniker Little is intended to be ironic as John is usually depicted as a gigantic warrior who lives in the forest, highly skilled with a bow and arrow and quarterstaff.
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