Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) has joined the cast of the Roman epic adventure “The Eagle of the Ninth” for Focus Features and Film4.
Jeremy Brock penned the adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel which is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) 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 (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands 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.
Donald Sutherland portrays Marcus’ uncle Aquila, who has retired in Britain; Mark Strong is cast as Guern, an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth.
Rahim will portray the Gaelic-speaking Seal Prince, the fearsome leader of a band of warriors who pursue Marcus and Esca through the highlands.
Kevin Macdonald (“State of Play,” “The Last King of Scotland”) directs and Duncan Kenworthy is producing.
Currently being shot on location, the project recently wrapped six weeks of filming in Hungary and is now in Hungary where it will remain until the end of the shoot next month.