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Robin Hood trailer: Taron Egerton is the arrow-slinging action hero we need

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May 3, 2018

Robin of Loxley has been refashioned for the digital age.

The trailer for the latest big-screen retelling of Robin Hood is out, and based on all the fantastical video-game-style action offered up by star Taron Egerton, the legendary archer looks to be taking his cues from The Kingsman and John Wick these days rather than the likes of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, or Russell Crowe.

The latter three, of course, are identified with the most memorable Robin Hood movies of Hollywood's past, the last one being Ridley Scott's ultra-serious take on the famed outlaw, made just eight short years ago.

But with the deafening roar of the faux Hans Zimmer score and CGI-enhanced bow-and-arrow feats of the crusader-turned-warrior, Egerton's Hood, directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) and being released by Lionsgate, is clearly aimed at the millennial crowd and gamers.

Co-starring in the action-adventure film are Jamie Foxx as Little John, Robin's best friend and leader of his Merry Men; Ben Mendelsohn solidifying his rep as today's go-to baddie following villainous turns in Ready Player One and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Eve Hewson as Maid Marian; and Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet, Robin's half-brother and Marian's husband.

But given the box-office success he's had with the burgeoning Kingsman franchise, which has raked in a combined $813 million worldwide (with a third entry on the way), it looks like the only stealing Egerton's Robin Hood will be doing is picking the pockets of moviegoers eager to see his high-octane take on the "smash and grabber."

Robin Hood hits theaters on Nov. 21.