Neil Marshall's Centurion Finds a Cast: Fassbender, West, Kurylenko

January 28, 2009

Michael Fassbender / Dominic West / Olga Kurylenko

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.

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    You're criticizing Doomsday for being ridiculous? Isn't that like criticizing Obama for being black?? Anyway, Neil Marshall rocks, and I wish he had chosen to direct De2cent. And how can you go wrong with Olga Kurylenko?!
  • Cody
    Love roman history...sounds interesting but it will only be good if its rated R cause u cant do roman combat with pg 13 it would just ruin it.
  • Aequitas
    Fassbender. If the script is good, he can definately pull off another awesome performance.
  • Dave
    Oh boy, a re-heated "The Last Legion"!
  • tiffster
    i'm excited. i love roman history too. and yes, rated R is a must.
  • dom
    if its like last legion or alexander it will suck. Hmm wonder if there's casting calls for this.
  • Adam
    How the fuck was McNulty in Punisher: Warzone
  • Silver
    Doomsday was some of the most fun I've ever had at the theater. maybe it was just because we had a really reactive audience but I had a great time. but that goddamn editing...
  • kee
    a Ninth Legion was suppose to have disappeared or been wiped its one of the most mysterys of the Roman era - be interested to see what he does with it
  • Paul
    Alex, you mentioned Descent and Doomsday but seem to have omitted your opinion on Neils debut, Dog Soldiers, what's your thoughts on that one?




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