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Out for blood in Neil Marshall's latest

16 March 2009  |  Written by Nev Pierce  

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Having convincingly cut up rough in Quantum Of Solace – and earned herself a Jameson Empire Awards Best Actress nomination – Olga Kurylenko is playing another vengeance-fuelled femme fatale, this time in Neil Marshall’s Centurion.

According to the script her character, Etain, is “a savage-looking Pict warrior woman” and you can judge the accuracy of the description yourself, by taking a gander at Empire’s exclusive picture of the erstwhile Bond girl in action.


Marshall dealt with military mayhem in Dog Soldiers, women forced to violence in The Descent and Scotland-set carnage in Doomsday and is combining all three in his fourth feature, a relentless action-adventure set in AD 117 (63 years before the events of Gladiator).

“Etain is kind of revenge incarnate,” says the writer/director, speaking to Empire exclusively on set. “Her family were butchered by the Romans, she had her tongue cut out by the Romans, she’s had a hell of a time and she’s out for Roman blood.”

“She’s quite furious,” agrees Kurylenko. “Because one sense is not there – she can’t speak – all the others are more developed. She sees very well and hears very well: she is an animal!”

Kurylenko stars alongside Hunger’s Michael Fassbender, who plays the title character, stranded behind enemy lines, and a superb roster of established and up’n’coming talent, including Dominic West, Noel Clarke, David Morrisey, JJ Feild and Riz Ahmed (soon to be seen in the rather excellent Brit-grit thriller Shifty, out April 24).

Centurion is being produced by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-snaffler Christian Colson and Robert Jones (Run Fatboy Run) and Empire has visited its sets in both Scotland and Surrey and witnessed the action and intensity up close, so expect regular updates online and in the magazine, in the build up to its release (likely to be later this year).


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RE: RE:
L: butters411 ooooooo sorry craighorne! Had no idea you were the judge of what is historical inaccuracy. the movie claims to be historically inaccurate I doubt this one does, just relax and try to enjoy the fictional story. sp; I'm guessing here that you mean historically esp; Personally I'm with Craighorne on this one.  If you're aiming to make a historical film, get the accuracy on the nail.  It's not difficult to find the information.  All it takes is a little More

Posted by Funkyrae at 02:30 on 21 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: King Arthur anyone?
She looks so much like Keira Knightley in King Arthur it could be a spin off movie. I can't believe it's Olga underneath all that. More

Posted by flickfan at 01:03 on 21 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marshall is like PWSA (both Geordie fanboys turned director)
One sense is gone but the others are better. Reminds me of the episode of Father Ted when they were on the airplane and he accuses the blind priest of throwing stuff at him. More

Posted by Woger at 16:46 on 20 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marshall is like PWSA (both Geordie fanboys turned director)
L: nicky1975 Marshall and Paul WS Anderson are typical Brit fanboys that rave about 80s sf/horror films and who] to make their own films like the US ones they grew up with. Yup and that's why I hate them (Anderson not as much since he's despised already). And come on, a warrior woman wants revenge for the death of her family?? They probably made her mute because Marshall couldn't be bothered with dialogue - wastes time when he could be splashing blood around&nbs More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 08:46 on 20 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Marshall is like PWSA (both Geordie fanboys turned director)
Shes hot. More

Posted by Overmind at 04:55 on 20 March 2009 | Report This Post

Marshall is like PWSA (both Geordie fanboys turned director)
Marshall and Paul WS Anderson are typical Brit fanboys that rave about 80s sf/horror films and who] to make their own films like the US ones they grew up with. Fairplay to them for being such fans AND breaking into the industry though and getting their films made - it must be hard to be taken seriously early in their careers to make dumb-downed fantasy films like theirs' (cos Brit film industry is rather snotty isn't it for fantasy films). Note their similarities: * They're both More

Posted by nicky1975 at 09:20 on 19 March 2009 | Report This Post

Just what we need
Neil Marshall is quietly getting on with making movies that we brits have long struggled to make; great action films shot and set (mostly) in the UK. How often has the cry gone up of; how come we cant produce home grown big movies that can compete with anything coming out of the US? well, here we have a young director doing it. Ok, doomsday was flawed certainly, but I still enjoyed elements of it, and certaily marvelled at his ability to create a movie on a large canvas. More than anything else, More

Posted by tobywan at 07:39 on 19 March 2009 | Report This Post

Please be good
Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good.Please be good. Dog Soldiers is amazing. The Descent is amazing. Doomsday was disappointing. More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 16:28 on 18 March 2009 | Report This Post

No tongue?
Must have been removed by one of those skilled Roman surgeons, judging by the perfect teeth and lack of scarring around the mouth from the inevitable struggle. Still that mascara makes her perfect size eight figure look savage.............. should've used a Wigan bird built like a brick shit-house. More

Posted by onetwo at 14:45 on 18 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
Well fingers crossed More

Posted by zimo5 at 22:35 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
Based on the evidence of 3 movies? Too few to sense a pattern, my friend.  More

Posted by Isabelle_M at 22:14 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
May be an idea to give Doomsday a miss, it was a poor effort by Marshall. He got budget and kinda went nuts. Low budget and he shines, high budget and he makes tripe More

Posted by zimo5 at 21:59 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

DOOMSDAY IS AWESOME
Best British movie in years. I am looking forward to this from Mr Marshall. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 21:38 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

No Craig Conway? That's new... More

Posted by GertieWallace at 13:10 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
I liked Dog Soldiers and loved The Descent. I haven't seen Doomsday yet, but from everything I've heard, it has all the hallmarks of a potential guilty pleasure. That means that Neil Marshall has a lot of credit in my book. I'd rather watch a Neil Marshall film than yet another sanitized, PG-13 "action" blockbuster. More

Posted by Isabelle_M at 11:37 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
UHHHHM He wasn't in The Decent. It was bloke named Oliver Milburn that played "Paul" also in full geek mode it wasn't skis, it was copper Piping.           More

Posted by zimo5 at 09:48 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
ooooooo sorry craighorne! Had no idea you were the judge of what is historical inaccuracy. Unless the movie claims to be historically inaccurate, which I doubt this one does, just relax and try to enjoy the fictional story. More

Posted by butters411 at 02:06 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Bring forth the historical innaccuracy! More

Posted by craighorne at 00:13 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

I wander what painful death he has in store for Sean Pertwee
He had his guits ripped out and blown apart in the excellent Dog Soldiers, skis in the face in The Descent and burned alive and eaten in Doomsday. Even if he's not in the main cast he is to Neil Marshall what Bruce Campbell is to Sam Raimi. More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:40 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

well yea...
"Her family were butchered by the Romans, she had her tongue cut out by the Romans, she's had a hell of a time" this could be the single funniest thing I have read today. Its like the understatement of the year !!!! HA HA HA !!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:47 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

King Arthur anyone?
Looking at the image is anyone else reminded of Keira Knightley in said crapfest? More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 16:18 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

Not enough Pictish warrior stuff in movies! I'm sold on this one pic alone!! More

Posted by Big Red at 14:39 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

Marshall, i have faith.
Unlike Paul W. Anderson, the hack meister behind such utter shite as the RESIDENT EVIL Movies, Neil Marshall another newcastle native has always entertained me with his movies, although DOOMSDAY was as stupid as andersons DEATH RACE. The Descent was a potent taster of what he is capable of. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 14:02 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I hope Domanic West uses his Punisher Warzone accent as opposed to the one he used in 300 for this film. I know it won't make any sense, but it is a real sight to behold and I fear we will never get a chance to experience such magic again.     More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 13:31 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

“She’s quite furious,” agrees Kurylenko. “Because one sense is not there – she can’t speak – all the others are more developed. She sees very well and hears very well: she is an animal!” - Last I checked speaking wasn't a sense. Seriously, if you're going to give a soundbite, run it by a translator first. More

Posted by montimer at 12:31 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

The question is: will Olga get nekkid? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:03 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

Woad to nowhere?
As long as it's not a godawful hybird of Duran Duran's Wild Boys video and a Prodigy promo like the last film I still have faith in Neil Marshall so fingers crossed. I wonder what the budget is though? More

Posted by granny at 11:56 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

So long as this is more The Descent and Dog Soldiers than the ridiculous mess that was Doomsday, it should be good. Unfortunately, it certainly looks and sounds more like Doomsday... More

Posted by dctuck at 11:56 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post

I'm just praying this is less King Arthur and more Rome! Leather boob-tubes and Pictish tribes lumped together and called Woads had better not feature! *fingers crossed* More

Posted by nclowe at 11:48 on 16 March 2009 | Report This Post


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