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.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
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?!
bRINGER on Jan 28, 2009
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.
Cody on Jan 28, 2009
Fassbender. If the script is good, he can definately pull off another awesome performance.
Aequitas on Jan 28, 2009
Oh boy, a re-heated "The Last Legion"!
Dave on Jan 28, 2009
i'm excited. i love roman history too. and yes, rated R is a must.
tiffster on Jan 28, 2009
if its like last legion or alexander it will suck. Hmm wonder if there's casting calls for this.
dom on Jan 28, 2009
How the fuck was McNulty in Punisher: Warzone
Adam on Jan 28, 2009
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...
Silver on Jan 28, 2009
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
kee on Jan 28, 2009
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?
Paul on Jan 29, 2009
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