February 24, 2009


The second book in Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy, this time the story comes from the view of Will Scatlocke, or Will Scarlet. Will has been captured and is recanting his tale to a priest in the service of Abbot Hugo. Will is a very likable character we get to see Bran in a new light; as the leader of his people. I'm only listing the cast of major characters not found in the Hood entry. There are new characters in Scarlet and some characters from Hood have been expanded. Please look at both entries for an in-depth casting.

"After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unless he delivers King Raven and his band of cohorts.

That, of course, he will never do.

Wales is slowly falling under the control of the invading Normans, and King William the Red has given his ruthless barons control of the land. In desperation, the people turn to King Raven and his men for justice and survival in the face of the ever-growing onslaught.

From deep in the forest they form a daring plan for deliverance, knowing that failure means death for them all.

Scarlet continues Stephen R. Lawhead's riveting saga that began with the novel Hood, which relocated the legend of Robin Hood to the Welsh countryside and its dark forests. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medival Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood." - Book Jacket

Dramatis Personae

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Will Scatlocke (Will Scarlet)- Will is a forester in search of his place in the world after the French destroyed his home. He hears stories of men living in the forest and seeks them out. He is tall, ruggedly handsome, and nearly as good with the bow as Bran himself.

Martine McCutcheon as Noinina- Noin is a pretty young woman who was rescued from the French. She has a young daughter, perhaps 3 or 4 years old. Most of Bran's single men have had thoughts of courting her, but for whatever reasons, they have not. There is a mutual attraction between her and Will.

Jesse Eisenberg as Brother Odo- A young priest who scribes Will's story for the benefit of Abbot Hugo, who hopes to uncover where the rebels are located. He is skeptical of Will at first, but he soon gets caught up in the story and reluctantly begins to like Scarlet.

Ray Winstone as William Rufus- Rufus is the King of England. He is known for his red hair and fiery temperment. Bran and the others have hopes that Rufus will be able to restore the throne to Bran, but the King is away strengthening his claim to the throne.

Jason Issacs as Sheriff de Glanville- The Sheriff of the region, his responsibility includes keeping the peace and flushing out decenters. His top priority is to uproot and eliminate the theives living in the forest.

Tchéky Karyo as Baron Neufmarche- The Baron has plans to expand into the Welsh territory and sides with native people over his fellow Frenchmen. He believes if he can help them oust de Brouse, they will be more receptive of his taking over the region.

Emmanuelle Béart as Agnes Neufmarche- The Baron's wife. She is a frail woman who rarely goes outside. She does, however, have a strong spirit and will stand up to her husband when the need arises. She has led a fairly sheltered life and becomes sympathetic to the Welsh's plight.

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