William Hurt Joins Ridley Scott's Robin Hood as Legendary Knight

05/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ridley Scott just added another cast member to his untitled Robin Hood film, which has already begun shooting, and which had seemed to be fully employed as of the last casting news late last month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning actor William Hurt joins as the historical figure William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, a legendary knight and statesman most renowned for his reputation as the greatest jouster of his time. By the time of the Robin Hood story, William Marshal was in his late 40s, had married into nobility and was serving King Richard as a member of the ruling class. Fans of jousting will have to instead settle with "A Knight's Tale," starring Heath Ledger in a role said to be based on Marshal. For Scott's film, William Marshal will have to be portrayed as the noble Earl of Pembroke, who initially agreed with Prince John's takeover as interim ruler of England while Richard was away. 2

Shortly after Cate Blanchett came aboard as Maid Marian, the film added Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey, Alan Doyle as Alan-a-Dale, Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet, Kevin Durand as Little John, and Bronsen Webb as someone named Jimoen. 1

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