We reported two years ago that Hollywood was making another movie based on ancient Rome – in fact, based on the novel written by Rosemary Sutcliff, “The Eagle of the Ninth”. The movie trailer was recently released, and is slated to come out February 25th, 2011. See the trailer here.
The story is set in 140 AD, where Marcus Aquila and his slave Esca set out to solve the mystery about a lost golden standard – that of the infamous Ninth Legion. Twenty years earlier, according to the story, Marcus’ father, Flavius, was in charge of the Ninth and marched into Caledonia (Scotland) bearing the Eagle standard but he and his 5,000 men never returned.
The movie stars Channing Tatum (GI Joe) as Marcus Aquila and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Esca and is directed by Kevin Macdonald. Donald Sutherland also appears in the film as Marcus’ uncle.