Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ON LOCATION: New Scottish Filming Location for Channing Tatum's 'Eagle of the Ninth'

Channing Tatum continues to film his Kevin MacDonald directed Roman epic 'The Eagle of the Ninth' on the outskirts of Budapest, Hungary, and I found some news on one of the upcoming Scottish locations via the Sweet On Sigma Films blog.

Local sources are saying that the movie will be filming in Scotland the first two weeks of October. The production will be based out of Film City Glasgow once they move from Hungary to Scotland (as I previously posted), and they will reportedly be filming at Fox Point near Dornie and Achnahaird Beach in the far northwest area of Scotland, which you can see in the beautiful photos above.

'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!!!

UPDATE (9.5.2009): Thanks to Jamie Bell fan site All Things Foe I just learned that the production has been or will soon be filming in the Hungarian town of Szentendre, a small art village on the Danube, at Ulcisia Castra. A newspaper also mentioned that local Hungarian actors are also being used for some of the minor roles.

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