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Taron Egerton’s ‘Robin Hood’ Moved Back; Anna Kendrick’s ‘A Simple Favor’ Set for September

Lionsgate has moved back Taron Egerton’s “Robin Hood” back two months from Sept. 21 for a Nov. 21 release — the second time the movie has been pushed back.

Lionsgate announced Monday that it had set a Sept. 14 slot with its film noir thriller “A Simple Favor,” starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding.

Egerton is starring in the Robin Hood origin story along with Jamie Foxx as Little John and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan will portray Will Scarlett, the half-brother of Robin Hood.

Otto Bathurst is directing “Robin Hood” from Joby Harold’s script. Producers are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Basil Iwanyk, Tory Tunnell, and Harold. Production companies are DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Safehouse Pictures, and Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures. The story will center on Robin Hood being a war-hardened crusader and joining with a Moorish commander in an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.

“Robin Hood” is opening against four other wide releases on the pre-Thanksgiving weekend — MGM’s “Creed 2,” Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” STX’s Jennifer Lopez comedy “Second Act,” and Universal’s untitled Robert Zemeckis project. “Robin Hood” was originally set to open on March 18 of this year.

“Robin Hood” received strong recently response from buyers at the Berlin Film Festival.

A Simple Favor” centers on Kendrick’s character trying to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding plays the husband of Lively’s character. Paul Feig is directing the film. Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through their Feigco production company. Jessica Sharzer wrote the script based on Darcey Bell’s book of the same name.

“A Simple Favor” is opening against Fox’s “The Predator,” MGM’s comedy “Fighting with my Family” and Sony’s action-thriller “Alpha.”

CORRECTION — An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that “A Simple Favor” would open on Sept. 21.

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