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05 October 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Is your Monday a bit grey or drizzly or lacking in heavily-armoured Romans laying the smackdown on ferocious Pict warriors? We have the answer - and it's a nice cup of tea. Or, failing that, these rather spiffy new images from Neil Marshall's brutal, balls-to-the-wall take on Roman Britain in Centurion.

The movie speculates on the fate of Rome's reputedly 'lost' Ninth Legion*, who in this take are north of Hadrian's Wall, engaged in a bloody battle and facing a bit of trouble getting out of hostile Pict country. Our hero is Fassbender's Quintus, seen in the second of these pictures with Liam Cunningham (who of course starred opposite him in the harrowing Hunger).


Said Marshall of his latest, "The Picts are like the Indians and our Romans are like the cavalry. So, a Scottish-Roman Western! Who'd have thought?!"

Said Fassbender, "There's certainly a lot of head-chopping. I guess you can always make modern-day parallels, to the occupation of Iraq. But it's the idea of someone who believes in an ethos, becomes disillusioned and comes to his own sort of beliefs. So there are parallels, and it's interesting when you take it out of our timeframe and stick it back 2,000 years."

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Centurion is out in March 2010, and you'll have to pick up the new Empire for more on it. And yes, after last week's Clash of the Titans pics and Twilight: New Moon posters, we are spoiling you with new pictures. Sorry if we've ruined you forever.

*While the story that they were lost was accepted for years, it's not believed that they, er, weren't, since they turned up a bit later in the eastern Europe. But we're still looking forward to this one and to the similarly themed but more child-friendly Eagle of the Ninth.


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Good to see they're keeping the Romans nice and dirty looking, even Gladiator fell for the Hollywood fallacy that the Legions wore alot of red clothes, which is a load of balls made up by Hollywood years ago. Brown all they way :-) More

Posted by warren7355 at 14:36 on 10 October 2009 | Report This Post

Modern day what?
The Romans never occupied Scotland. What parallel can be drawn with Iraq? Film looks like it should be entertaining though. Going on Classical sources the romans did get as far as the north east coast of Scotland which means that someone got back afterwards to tell the tale. Bring on the blood and silly accents! More

Posted by Geosolus at 15:29 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds great
role on 2010 More

Posted by nybras at 13:28 on 06 October 2009 | Report This Post

How did you manage to get a snapshot from a Neil Marshal film without a drop of blood in it (first photo)! Amazing, mind you I bet the next shot was a bit red. More

Posted by steveg66 at 12:59 on 06 October 2009 | Report This Post

The Mighty Fass keeps giving
Marshall, Fassbender, West, Kurylenko and the awesome Liam Cunningham where can it go wrong? I'm forgiving Marshall with Doomsday, I've seen allot worse yeas it was considerable drop on the quality of Dog Soldiers and the utterly awesome The Descent (Blu Ray November) I thought we'd get it by the end of the year but just like Shutter Island (looks awesome from the latest trailer) this will be worth the wait till next year. More

Posted by agent cooper at 20:14 on 05 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bryan Cranston!
Sounds like it could be a good 'un, I just hope it's better than the God awful Doomsday, one of the very few films in existence I couldn't be bothered to watch all the way through. More

Posted by captainrentboy at 19:48 on 05 October 2009 | Report This Post

Bryan Cranston!
Fassbender is the fuckin' spit of him in that pic. More

Posted by chizmund at 16:45 on 05 October 2009 | Report This Post

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