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Sienna Miller to Star in New Twist on Robin Hood

06/18/2008 at 09:45 AM EDT

Sienna Miller to Star in New Twist on Robin Hood
Sienna Miller and Russell Crowe
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Get out the tights: Sienna Miller is set to play Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe's Sheriff of Nottingham in an upcoming, revisionist view of Robin Hood, to be directed by Crowe's Gladiator collaborator Ridley Scott, the actress has confirmed.

"I just found out," Miller, 26, tells the BBC. "It's the most exciting news in the world."

This isn't any old Robin romp: This time in Sherwood Forrest, the usually villainous sheriff is due to be portrayed as heroic, while Robin – traditionally known for nobly stealing from the rich to give to the poor – is not.

In April, Variety reported that the movie, titled Nottingham, would be produced by A Beautiful Mind's Brian Grazer and released by Universal.

Despite the looming threat of an actors' strike, the production, from a script by Oscar-winning L.A. Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland, is "looking pretty certain," says Miller, 26.

Casting for the Hood has yet to be announced.

As for her role – in the past, Robin always had a thing for Marian – Miller says she "could not have a better part," while teaming with Crowe and Scott was "as good as it gets."

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