Cate Blanchett joins Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood film After months of rumours Cate Blanchett has been confirmed to play Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood in the Ridley Scott-directed adventure pic. Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an original story that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin’s abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love until he meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing the film with Scott, and says Blanchett was a strong match for Crowe: “They are both highly accomplished dramatic actors who are taken seriously playing rich characters in period pieces, but each has the ability to show you fun,” Grazer told Variety. The film, which had been called “Nottingham” but is undergoing a title change, begins production in early April.