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Neil Marshall Finds His Centurions
Fassbender, West and Kurylenko sign on

29 January 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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OK, so Doomsday was a slight, if enjoyable, misstep, but otherwise, we’re got a soft spot for Neil Marshall, one of the few British directors out there with skill to match his ambition. Which is why we’re glad to see that he’s put a nice little cast together for his next film, the Roman epic, Centurion.

Michael Fassbender – so hot right now as a result of his turn in Hunger and his forthcoming role in Inglourious Basterds – has signed on, along with Quantum Of Solace’s leading lady, Olga Kurylenko and Dominic West, who shall forever be given a pass for his involvement in The Wire.

Fassbender, who got his abs out to great effect in 300, will play Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of an attack on a Roman fortress by savage Picts (tribes who lived in what would become Scotland) in A.D. 117. Under orders to wipe out the Picts and their leader, Gorlacon, Quintus journeys north with the legendary Ninth Legion and their leader, General Virilus. Cue much bloody mayhem – if we don’t see at least one decapitation, we’ll be sorely disappointed.

Marshall, as is his wont, also wrote Centurion, which will be produced by Christian Colson. It sounds a little more akin to a Roman Doomsday than, say, Dog Soldiers or The Descent, but either way, we’re looking forward to this one.
 


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RE: Sounds Great, Can't Wait.
Hmm, a new Paul Anderson- sorry Neil Marshall film...   I'm guess there'll be lots of gore, 2D characters and plenty of love from British audiences. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 20:31 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds Great, Can't Wait.
Neil Marshall is a great director, his films of Dog Soilders and The Descent are the most terrifying films I have seen with gore aplently. I haven't seen Doomsday yet, soon but I will Centurions sounds great and with the ever excellent Michael Fassbender in the lead, it's bound to be good. I'm argee with Timon, let's get Ray Stevenson and Kevin Mckidd there as well! Can't wait. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 17:46 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Fassbender Will Be Huge
Hugely talented and has tons of presence. I could actually see him doing Leap Year as well. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 14:12 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Not the kind of Centurions I was expecting!
Oh my christ, Centurions! I'd actually let that particular cartoon slip from my mind over the years, yet I loved it as a kid! I feel ashamed that I could forget about such a classic cartoon! Anyways, the film.  Yeah I'm in and what's not to like? Bad-ass Romans? Gritty action? And beating up Scottish people... works for me every time! More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 13:30 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Not the kind of Centurions I was expecting!
When I saw the word Centurions, I instantly thought "What?! Centurions!? Man. And Machine - POWER EXTREME!? Surely about time they made a movie on those totally rad dudes from the 80's" Well not exactly like that. But yet. "Clicked" I did on the link to find. Romans. More

Posted by The Lensman at 11:32 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Power Extreme!!!
Yeah. me too lol More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 11:31 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Can't wait!
I got really excited for a second there, thinking it was an adaption of the classic 80s toy/cartoon!   www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5168yjG3Qwp; Oh well.  I'm sure this will be just as good.  Maybe. More

Posted by britesparc at 11:16 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

Can't wait!
Hopefully it'll be more akin to Rome than King Arthur which saw Romans in England. Ah fuck it, get Ray Stevenson and Kevin McKidd in there too! More

Posted by Timon at 10:53 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

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