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April 16, 2009

Newsbites: The medieval and historical edition!

1. William Hurt has joined the cast of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood; he will play William Marshall, the first Earl of Pembroke, "a historical figure who was one of the most powerful men in Europe. Marshall was a servant to the Plantagenet kings and one of the best jousters of the era." -- Hollywood Reporter

2. Showtime has renewed The Tudors for a fourth and final season; it will consist of ten episodes that "dramatize King Henry VIII's last two tumultuous marriages, to Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr." After that, series creator Michael Hirst plans to develop a series based on Camelot. -- Hollywood Reporter

3. Speaking of Camelot, the Cartoon Network is developing a live-action movie that will set the legend of King Arthur in the present day; it is tentatively titled Reborn. -- Hollywood Reporter

4. James Franco will reunite with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green and co-star Danny McBride for the medieval-fantasy comedy Your Highness. The story concerns "two spoiled and arrogant princes" who are "forced to go on a quest to save their family and the kingdom" after "an evil wizard casts a spell on their father and kidnaps the older prince's fiance". -- Variety

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