Yesterday Sienna Miller confirmed that she is to take on the role of Maid Marian in yet another remake of the classic tale, Robin Hood. “It’s happening,” Miller said. “I just found out. It’s the most exciting news in the world.” Miller will star opposite Russel Crowe, who will play a sympathetic Sheriff of Nottingham. (I’m not sure what to think about that since Alan Rickman’s tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves is my favorite ever movie villain: “Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!”) But Miller told the BBC that working with Crowe is “as good as it gets,” so we’ll see.
Over the years Maid Marian has been played by some classy ladies, and even a cartoon fox. (Foxette?) Here’s a non-exhaustive look at some of the women who have graced Sherwood Forest.
Olivia de Havilland, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Havilland was a genteel sort of Marian, a bit of a capricious swooner. But what a pretty face! And those earnest, brown eyes? I’d probably rob from the rich for her.
Monica Evans, Robin Hood (1973)
Evans’s Maid Marian is one my favorites because I love this movie so much. Oo-de-lally, Oo-de-lally, Golly, what a day.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is a kick ass Maid Marian, and not just because she goes toe to toe with Severus Snape and lives to tell about it. At one point in the movie she asks Robin for a favor, and when he asks what, she says, “Take a bath.” Heh.
Amy Yasbeck, Robin Hood, Men in Tights (1993)
The plotline around Yasabeck’s Maid Marian involves a chastity belt with missing key. It is classic Mel Brooks, which is to say: hilarious.
What do you think of Sienna Miller in Sherwood Forest? And who’s your very favorite Maid Marian?