With Vanessa Redgrave signing on, Ridley Scott has just about locked in his cast for his untitled Robin Hood pic. Redgrave will play Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who is the mother of the evil King John – fellow new addition Oscar Isaacs.

The pair will join the likes of Russell Crowe – playing Hood – Cate Blanchett (Maid Marian), Mark Strong (as sheriff’s henchman Sir Godfrey) and Scott Grimes as Merry Man Will Scarlet.

Another new addition is France’s Lea Seydoux (below), who will also be seen in Inglourious Basterds, Scott’s latest has been shoved back at least once as it develops from a concept that saw the Sheriff and Robin Hood as one man to its current form – a more traditional origin story for the character.

At last he can put all that behind him – the film is about to start shooting around the UK with a view to release in May 2010.