New Centurion Pictures And more on Neil Marshall's latest


Is your Monday a bit grey or drizzly or lacking in heavily-armoured Romans laying the smackdown on ferocious Pict warriors? We have the answer - and it's a nice cup of tea. Or, failing that, these rather spiffy new images from Neil Marshall's brutal, balls-to-the-wall take on Roman Britain in Centurion.


The movie speculates on the fate of Rome's reputedly 'lost' Ninth Legion*, who in this take are north of Hadrian's Wall, engaged in a bloody battle and facing a bit of trouble getting out of hostile Pict country. Our hero is Fassbender's Quintus, seen in the second of these pictures with Liam Cunningham (who of course starred opposite him in the harrowing Hunger).


Said Marshall of his latest, "The Picts are like the Indians and our Romans are like the cavalry. So, a Scottish-Roman Western! Who'd have thought?!"


Said Fassbender, "There's certainly a lot of head-chopping. I guess you can always make modern-day parallels, to the occupation of Iraq. But it's the idea of someone who believes in an ethos, becomes disillusioned and comes to his own sort of beliefs. So there are parallels, and it's interesting when you take it out of our timeframe and stick it back 2,000 years."


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