Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) from a script by Jeremy Brock, it is an adaptation of the 1954 historical adventure The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff.
The film is set in 140 Ad, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, and centers on young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) as he arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father’s disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave's identity and loyalty - a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim). Along with Tatum, Bell and Rahim (A Prophet) the film features Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong.
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