Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jamie Bell to Return to Scotland for "The Eagle of the Ninth"

Ooo cool news today, as Variety is reporting Jamie Bell, starred of Sigma Films/David Mackenzie's excellent Hallam Foe, will be returning to Scotland for filming of the new movie "The Eagle of the Ninth."

Variety is reporting that with production due to begin in August (woot a banner month that is turning out to be!),"Jamie Bell is set to star in the 2nd century A.D. tale, and Channing Tatum is in talks to join him. Script is by Jeremy Brock, who teamed with Macdonald on "The Last King of Scotland."...

The story revolves around a wounded Roman soldier and his loyal Celtic slave who try to solve the mystery of the Ninth Legion, a brigade of Roman soldiers that vanished after heading into the untamed Highlands of Scotland 15 years earlier.Hungarian locations will stand in for 2nd century England, while the Scottish scenes will be filmed in Scotland.Bell is set to play the slave, while Tatum has been offered the lead but has not yet committed."

UPDATE: Rope of Silicon has more on the script, which is based on the book by Rosemary Sutcliff as follows:

The film is a Roman adventure set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 135 A.D., fifteen years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted High Lands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

You can preview the book, and read excerpts here. Woah very cool news, go Jamie Go!

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