With an edgier, more hyperkinetic big-screen take on Robin Hood setting its sights on theaters next month, the movie’s final trailer has just landed — and it shows off much more of the quippy, comedic give-and-take between stars Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton than we’ve seen in previous clips.
Rather than the affable tagalong you may remember from the stories, Foxx plays Little John to Egerton’s Robin as a seasoned, worldly repository of sensei-like advice. Egerton, meanwhile, plays an almost superheroic version of Robin in the vein of a wisecracking, self-deprecating badass — almost like a Tony Stark for director Otto Bathurst’s stylized reimagining of the socially tumultuous Middle Ages.
As you can see from all the kinetic visuals and one-liners, this isn’t your parents’ Robin Hood. The masked bowman becomes an anonymous cult hero to the agitated and repressed people of Nottingham, infiltrating the inner sanctum of the sheriff (played by Ben Mendelsohn) while failing to impress Maid Marian (Eve Hewson) when he leans too heavily on conventional masculine swagger.
With set pieces and location shooting that feel right at home alongside big-budget superhero movies, and a fresh, swashbuckling take on the familiar dynamics between the story’s principal characters, Robin Hood at least looks the part of a popular blockbuster.
We’ll know for sure whether this return to Sherwood is worth its weight in stolen gold when Robin Hood lands in theaters and on IMAX beginning Nov. 21.