Deadline tells us that Dakota Fanning has joined the cast of “The Last of Robin Hood,” a movie about the last years of classic Hollywood star Errol Flynn’s life. A perfectly cast Kevin Kline will play Flynn. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland wrote the script and will direct.
If you’re wondering about the title, then you need to know that Flynn starred in 1938′s “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” still the definitive version of the oft-filmed tale. No one ever looked like he was having more fun playing Robin Hood, or any of his other swashbuckling roles than Flynn, and he had his share of fun offscreen as well. As he got older, the swashbuckling roles faded, and Flynn’s screentime evarporated in the early 1950s. However, at the end of the decade he began to make a kind of comeback, this time playing more serious, dramatic roles. The comeback was derailed when the alcoholism caught up with Flynn, leading to his death at just age 50.
A hard drinker and womanizer, Flynn was tried for statutory rape in 1942, but was cleared of the charges. Now this is where Fanning comes in. She’ll play Beverly Aadland, Flynn’s 17 year old mistress, who was with him when he died in 1959. After Flynn’s death, Aadland’s mother wrote a book claiming that Flynn and Beverley began a sexual relationship when the girl was just fifteen. So he may have evaded another statutory rape charge. (Susan Sarandon will play Mrs. Aadland in the movie.)
Fanning’s “Very Good Girls” is playing at Sundance this week. She’ll next be seen in “Effie.”