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The trailer for Ridley Scott's retelling of the legend has Russell Crowe brandishing a bow instead of a sword and scowling in Sherwood Forest rather than the Roman Colosseum. But they don't fool Anna Pickard

When a star and a director have enjoyed serious – nay, epic – success together in the past, I can't help but wonder whether sometimes, they meet up for a coffee and try to suss out if the other would be up for joining forces again.

So imagine Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott sitting in a coffee shop, nervously giggling and fluttering their eyelashes and playing with their hair while reminiscing over shared memories of just how tough Crowe looked in American Gangster (and sharing pained silences, wordless admissions of shame over A Good Year). Until, stumbling over another clumsy mention of how much he misses polishing his broadsword, one finally builds the nerve to say something. »

- Anna Pickard

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