Centurion – The opening scene of Neil Marshall’s bloody epic has been seen
Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010
Neil Marshall brought us Dog Soldiers, modern horror classic The Descent as well as Doomsday and in his latest outing he attempts to bring to life the legend of The Ninth Legion in Centurion.
The fate of the Legion is a hotly contested subject among historians, the 4000 strong army marched in to Scotland from Hadrians Wall in 117 AD, only to disappear and never be heard from again.
Boasting an impressive cast including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey and Noel Clarke, the story follows the Legion as they attempt to hunt down and kill the vicious Picts along with their leader, Gorlacon. We posted the trailer a few weeks back here on LFF, but we also managed to catch a sneak peek at Frightfest last weekend and it looks pretty damn awesome! Marshall himself introduced the first five minutes or so, admitting he didn’t stray too far from the myth as the real story is much less interesting.
It opened with a hand tied and shoeless Fassbender sprinting barefooted through the deep snow before the opening battle. As you would expect from Marshall it is bloody and beautiful as the Picts crush the skulls of their foes with an assortment of gigantic weapons while an archer firing a flaming arrow into the cranium of a Roman trying to make an escape drew loud cheers from the crowd in attendance. Marshall confessed that it may be his favourite kill from any of his films along with the body being run over in Doomdsday. The scene ends with Fassbender being spared his life but is taken hostage by the Picts before a savage head butt knocks him unconscious.
After the clip, a few questions followed and it seems the cast didn’t have an easy ride, with the whole thing being filmed during February in the freezing Scottish Highlands. The performance of Dominic West as Ninth Legion leader Gener Virilus is also something to look forward to as according to the director, “appears to be possessed by Oliver Reed” in some scenes. The real highlight was Axelle Carolyn as vicious pict archer, Aeron.
With the latest footage and the trailer, it looks like Marshall will be back to his blood splattering best.
The film hits cinemas April this year. Check out the trailer below and our interview with Marshall regular and Carloyns Straw Man co star Leslie Simpson.
By Richard Bodsworth.