Centurion is an upcoming British historical thriller film, directed by Neil Marshall, about the legendary Ninth Legion marching north to wipe out the Picts and their leader. Dominic West, Michael Fassbender and Olga Kurylenko star in the film.
The film is set in the year 117 AD, and tells the story of the legendary Roman Ninth Legion is led by General Virilus, who attempt to wipe out the Picts and to kill their leader Gorlacon.
Centurion was written originally by director Neil Marshall under the working title Ninth Legion. Historically, the Ninth Legion marched into Scotland from Hadrian’s Wall with over 4,000 men and disappeared. Historians dispute the fate of the legion; some believe they were disbanded, while others believe they were massacred in Germania years later. Marshall said of his take of the legend, “It’s not meant to be historically perfect. I’m picking up on a legend and exploring it… it’s an action thriller.”