by: S. Scott Stanikmas
First Lionsgate’s Robin Hood loses potential leading lady Tatiana Maslany to Star Wars and now it looks like it has lost the leading man for the time being too.
Taron Egerton, who was signed on to play the original Emerald Archer in a gritty reimagining, has been claimed by FOX for the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lionsgate wanted to start their Robin Hood shoot in February and get it into theaters first, as two other studios also have Robin Hood films in the works. But FOX exercised its right to Egerton for the April shooting start on the Kingsman sequel.
Instead of recasting and starting from scratch, Lionsgate has opted to film their Robin Hood film after the Kingsman film wraps, most likely at the end of summer 2016.
With time to kill until April, rumor is that Egerton will pursue the indie crime drama Crooks County. The film follows the true story of a whistleblower in an undercover FBI operation in Cooks County, IL in the 1980s. The sting operation netted the largest number of convictions of corrupt government officials in U.S. history.