Neil Marshall's Centurion Finds a Cast: Fassbender, West, Kurylenko
by Alex Billington
January 28, 2009
Moving on from Doomsday, British writer/director Neil Marshall's next feature film will be that of Centurion, a Britain-set sword-and-sandals thriller. Filling up the cast for the film will be Michael Fassbender (of 300 and Hunger), Dominic West (of 300, Hannibal Rising, and Punisher: War Zone) and Olga Kurylenko (of Hitman, Max Payne, and Quantum of Solace). Production is expected to start sometime later this year. You see, I have a love / hate relationship with Neil Marshall - I loved The Descent, but really hated Doomsday, so I'm just not sure what to expect with this and if it'll actually be any good.
Centurion, billed as a thriller set during the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 117, tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon. Huh? I guess I haven't brushed up on my ancient British history in a while, but I think that sounds like it has some potential? But then again, I hope Marshall doesn't screw this one up like he did with Doomsday, which turned utterly ridiculous about 30 minutes in. We'll see how it all plays out.