Film unit snags sword-and-sandal actioner

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to “Centurion,” the sword-and-sandal actioner from filmmaker Neil Marshall (“The Descent”), and plans a summer theatrical launch through its Magnet genre releasing arm.

“Centurion” stars Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”), Dominic West, David Morrissey and Olga Kurylenko.

Magnet is launching “Centurion” as the sixth entry in the second Six Shooter Film Series, which includes “Bronson,” “Red Cliff,” “Ong Bak 2,” “District 13: Ultimatum” and “The Warlords.” Pic is set in the Scottish highlands during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain.

“Centurion” is a Pathe Prods. presentation in association with the U.K. Film Council of a Celador Films Production.

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