Today Focus Features released a new featurette for their upcoming film, The Eagle. It’s called Romans and Celts and is a fairly standard featurette. It has the usual cast interviews mixed in with some behind the scenes footage and clips from the film. The film reminds me a lot of Centurion (for obvious reasons), and I really enjoyed Centurion so I am looking forward to this one. Kevin MacDonald, who did the really good thriller State of Play and the fantastic film The Last King Of Scotland, is taking the director’s chair for this one, which gives me more hope for the film. It doesn’t open until February 11th but for now check out the video below and let us know what you think.
In 140 AD, two men – master and slave – venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism…The Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald. 20 years earlier, Rome’s 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists. Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius’ son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father’s disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave’s identity and loyalty – a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim).