Magnolia Pictures has released a red band trailer for Neil Marshall's upcoming historical thriller Centurion starring Michael Fassbender.
Centurion, which was originally titled Ninth Legion, is a British production that follows the legend of the the Ninth Legion - a group of 4,000 men who disappeared following a march from Hadrian's Wall into Scotland almost 2,000 years ago. We previously covered the teaser poster as well as the international Centurion trailer - both of which pale in comparison to the new red band trailer.
Here's the Centurion plot synopsis from Magnolia Pictures:
"Centurion AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying tribes known as the Picts. Quintus, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon. But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines, evading remorseless Pict pursuers over harsh terrain, as the band of soldiers race to rescue their General, and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier."
Check out the red band trailer for Centurion below:
Looks like we can expect some epic moments when the film arrives at the end of the summer.
Marshall, who is also wrote the film, has said that he took some liberties with the Centurion story - and that the film should not be taken as historical fact but rather an entertaining action-thriller. Certainly a lot of people are going to draw parallels between Centurion and Zack Snyders's 300 - which can't be a bad thing.
Given Marshall's previous work, he directed both The Descent as well as Doomsday (which he also shares writing credits on), it's not exactly a surprise that Centurion is shaping up to focus on thrills over historical accuracy. Let's just hope that Centurion follows more closely to the critical success, as well as box-office numbers, of The Descent as opposed to Doomsday. Though, if we're judging based on reviews from the UK release, which have been mixed to say the least, Centurion may not be a total misfire like Doomsday but it's unlikely to be Marshall's greatest endeavor either.
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Centurion will premiere through Video On Demand, Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and Amazon on July 23 and will arrive for limited release in theaters on August 27, 2010.