|Directed by||Neil Marshall|
|Produced by||Christian Colson
|Written by||Neil Marshall|
|Release date(s)||April 23, 2010|
Centurion is an upcoming British historical thriller film, directed by Neil Marshall, about the legendary Ninth Legion marching north to wipe out the Picts and their leader. Dominic West, Michael Fassbender and Olga Kurylenko star in the film.
In AD 117, the legendary Roman Ninth Legion is led by General Virilus to wipe out the Picts and to kill their leader Gorlacon. The legion is joined by Quintus Dias, a survivor from a Roman frontier fort that the Picts raided.
Centurion was written originally by director Neil Marshall under the working title Ninth Legion. Historically, the Ninth Legion marched into Scotland from Hadrian's Wall with over 4,000 men and disappeared. Historians dispute the fate of the legion; some believe they were disbanded, while others believe they were massacred in Germania years later. Marshall said of his take of the legend, "It's not meant to be historically perfect. I'm picking up on a legend and exploring it... it's an action thriller."
Filming began toward the end of February 2009. Filming locations included the Scottish locations Badenoch, Strathspey, and Glenfeshie Estate in the Cairngorms. Filming also took place at Ealing Studios in London and in Surrey locations, such as Alice Holt Forest and Hurtwood Forest in the Surrey Hills. Historical reenactment groups were enlisted to play Picts and Roman soldiers in the practical filming at Badenoch and Strathspey. Filming was completed in March, after seven weeks.
Centurion was presold by Pathé to Constantin in Germany, Aurum in Spain, Hopscotch in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Odeon in Greece. In February 2010 Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures) saved the rights for the US release, the film is part of the Six Shooter Film Series.
The movie aired on Friday, March 18 at 12:00am at the South by Southwest Film Festival as the "Super Secret TBD" film.