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Focus Features has released a new featurette titled “Romans and Celts” for the sword-and-sandal adventure The Eagle.  The phrase is pulled from a quote by producer Duncan Kenworthy (“This world of Romans and Celts two thousand years ago was very, very alien.”) as he describes the attention to detail to the production design.  There’s impressive footage to support his claims, but the cultural setting of The Eagle is only mentioned in passing.

Much more time is spent on director Kevin MacDonald (State of Play) and stars Channing Tatum (Dear John) and Jamie Bell (Jumper) making a case for the strength of character and story.  MacDonald puts it best: “There aren’t many great stories in the world which just take hold of your throat and lead you the entire way.  I think this is one of those great stories.”  Watch the featurette after the break.

The Eagle opens on February 11th.  Wactch It On Yahoo! Movies.

In 140 AD, two men – master and slave – venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism…The Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald. 20 years earlier, Rome’s 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists. Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius’ son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (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).

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