'Robin Hood: Origins' Targets 'Kingsman's' Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton, the breakout star of "Kingsman: The Secret Service," is reportedly in early talks for the title role in Lionsgate's "Robin Hood: Origins."

According to Deadline, the 25-year-old actor appears to be the studio's top choice, edging out a list of contenders that's rumored to have included Jack Reynor, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston and Dylan O’Brien.

However, the website notes that while "Kingsman" raised Egerton's profile -- he next appears in the Tom Hardy gangster drama "Legend" -- its announced sequel could lead to some scheduling complications.

"Peaky Blinders" director Otto Bathurst is attached to direct the film, in which Robin Hood returns from the Crusades to discover Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption. In this gritty take, he forms a band of outlaws to deliver vigilante justice.

It's produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, and Safe House’s Harold and Tory Tunnell.

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