Now here’s a low-profile film that looks highly promising – for a few reasons, behind and certainly in front of the camera.
Described as a relentless action-adventure set in the year 117AD, Centurion is from up and coming writer-director Neil Marshall, the man behind cult hits Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008).
But, if that’s not enough to spark interest then the cast might be, in particular the most recent Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, from Quantum of Solace.
Her character, Etain, is at the centre of the story, which is about a small group of Pict warriors who must battle the invading Roman Empire. But you won’t have to worry about her heavy Russian accent.
As Marshall told Empire this week, “Etain is kind of revenge incarnate. 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.”
Currently filming in Scotland and Surrey, Kurylenko herself told Empire Etain was “quite furious”. “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 (also seen recently in Hitman and Max Payne) is joined in the film by Michael Fassbender (to feature in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds) and Dominic West (the arsehole of the movie 300).