Filming began on Channing Tatum's Roman drama 'Eagle of the Ninth' in Hungary on August 24th and is scheduled to move to Scotland later this week.
Fan site All Things Foe is confirming previously reported filming locations, exposing some new sites, and has even provided a photo of one of the local Hungarian extra's (a member of the Hungarian historical group Legio Brigetio) used for a minor role in the film.
Supposedly, dozens of 2nd century Caledonian tribal homes and Roman settlements are currently being constructed for the film in Scotland with Hungarian crews, and a Hungarian news source recently reported that filming for 'Eagle of the Ninth' will take place at Hadrian's Wall once production gets to Scotland. Hadrian's Wall contains one of the most complete Roman forts in Britain, and lies across a ridge giving great views of the countryside of both England to the south and Scotland to the north.
All Things Foe is also reporting that the production will build a set at Glen Sloy above Loch Lomond and shooting will last for approximately three days. The Loch Sloy Hydro Electric Station actually owns the entire glen where filming will take place, and is allowing the production company to use the location. On the site, a local also confirms that the production team will be using 3 locations within the Coigach area in Scotland...Fox Point (near Dornie Harbor overlooking the Summer Isles), Achnahaird and Loch Lurigan.
The sets in Scotland are supposedly being used to represent everything north of Hadrian's Wall, while the Hungary locations are a stand-in for everything south of the Wall in the film.
'The Eagle of the Ninth' is based on the best-selling, classic 1954 teen novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, and 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 (played by Channing) 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.
'The Eagle of the Ninth' is scheduled to hit theaters some time in 2010!!!