Channing Tatum as a Roman Centurion? Okay, let’s face it, “The Eagle of the Ninth” has a lot going against it. For one, Channing Tatum playing something other than a Brooklyn street dancer is a stretch, but as a Roman? He definitely looks the part, what with the hair and body, but it’s when he opens his mouth, that’s when the problems will start. But hey, maybe Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) can make it work. Doubtful, but I suppose anything’s possible. Co-starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland, Denis O’Hare, Douglas Henshall, Paul Ritter, and Ben O’Brien.
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (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 (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.