For a while it looked like The Eagle had vanished like a Roman legionary at a sandal sale, but Kevin Macdonald’s historical adventure is back, back, back with a trailer, release date and, right here for your perusal, a shiny new quad poster. And we’ll say a big “Ave!” to that.
The poster tells you everything you need to know about Macdonald’s adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliffe’s novel. At its heart is young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) who takes his slave Esca (Jamie Bell) across Hadrian’s Wall to recover the lost eagle of the Ninth Legion and finds the locals none too welcoming.
Unlike Centurion which followed the Ninth Legion into Caledonia, The Eagle picks up the story 20 years later. Marcus Aquila, the son of a soldier who disappeared with the legion, must recover the eagle and redeem the honour of the army. Esca (Bell), meanwhile, has to go because he’s a slave and doesn’t look exactly thrilled about it.
Rounding out a strong-looking cast are Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland and A Prophet’s young star Tahir Rahim. Here’s hoping Macdonald’s impressive strike record is maintained when it’s out on March 18.
- Big Quad Poster for The Eagle Starring Channing Tatum (screenhead.com)