By Joshua Rich
Updated March 25, 2009 at 06:58 AM EDT

Vanessa Redgrave will join Ridley Scott’s long-in-the-works untitled Robin Hood project, which is ramping up production in the U.K., according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-winning actress will play Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in the movie, which stars Russell Crowe as Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian.

This marks the first major role announced for Redgrave following the sudden passing of her daughter, Natasha Richardson, after a skiing accident last week. On Monday, EW reported that Redgrave’s April 27 New York theater performance of the one-woman show The Year of Magical Thinking has been postponed in the wake of Richardson’s death.