From Pathe Studios: AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying Picts. Quintus Dias (Fassbender), sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus’ (West) legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon. But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines. Enduring the harsh terrain and evading their remorseless Pict pursuers led by revenge-hungry Pict Warrior Etain (Kurylenko), the band of soldiers race to rescue their General and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier
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IGN Video: Centurion Movie Interview – Behind-the-Scenes
Red Band Behind the Scenes Featurette w/Fassbender, Kurylenko, West and dir. Neil Marshall. (Click on the link. For some reason I can’t seem to get the embed code to work.)
This looks like a down and dirty action flick with plenty of blood and guts and all manner of other bodily fluids, all set in 2nd century Scotland. *SWOON*
I’m a big Neil Marshall fan (since Dog Soldiers-I even liked Doomsday with its Warriors/Escape from New York vibe), as well as Michael Fassbender (who’s been an actor on the verge for so long I hope he doesn’t fall off.) The film also stars Domenic West and David Morrissey. They had me at Fassbender and swords. These two equally terrific actors are just icing.
I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like forever. "Centurion" opened in the UK this weekend and was JUST given a US release date of August 27. (Why we have to wait four months is beyond me, but just last week there was no date at all. I suspect that the enthusiastic reception at last weekend’s “ActionFest” played a part. In any case, I’ll take it. imdb also lists July 23 as the “Video On Demand” release date. Not sure what’s up with that.)
Empire Magazine Interview with Neil Marshall in which he mentions “Eagle of the Ninth”, the subject of “Dueling Centurions, pt. 2” (as soon as we get a trailer…)