Michael Fassbender (300), who’ll soon play Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic Inglourious Basterds, Dominic West – from the 2004 sci-fi thriller The Forgotten – and the most recent Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, have all been tapped to appear in Doomsday director Neil Marshall’s U.K.-set sword-and-sandals thriller Centurion, which Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson is shepherding for Celador Films. This, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie is being billed as a thriller set during the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 117, and tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman 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.
One thing’s for sure. With Neil Marshall – who also directed gory thrillers The Descent and Dog Soldiers – at the helm, be prepared for buckets of bloody action, and realistic gore, which I would say, has become a trademark of the UK-born director.
Marshall also wrote the script for Centurion, and has a good relationship with the companies behind the film, Pathe and Celador, having made The Descent for the pair.