by MoreMovieDetails | August 30, 2010 9:13 pm
Centurion is a 2010 British film directed by Neil Marshall about the ill-fated Ninth Legion marching north to Caledonia (Scotland) to wipe out the Picts and their leader.
Centurion ‘s Cast
Centurion was written originally by director Neil Marshall under the working title Ninth Legion. The Ninth Legion, so the story goes, marched into Scotland from Hadrian’s Wall with over 4,000 men and disappeared. In recent years historians have disputed the fate of the legion; some believe they were disbanded, while others believe they were massacred in Germania or in the East fighting the Persians during the early years of the second century.
Marshall said of his take of the story, “It’s not meant to be historically perfect. I’m picking up on a legend and exploring it… it’s an action thriller.” The tide of academic opinion seems to be returning to the view that the Legion was probably wiped out in Britain. In a recent book, Dr Miles Russell of Bournemouth University observes that there is strong evidence for a catastrophic British war resulting in the annihilation of the legion early in the reign of Hadrian.
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.
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