Channing Tatum’s Roman epic ‘The Eagle‘ will hit theaters all around the world starting next month, so Focus Features just updated their official site by adding tons of new info, videos, and production stills from the movie to give fans a sneak peek of what you’ll see on February 11th when it initially premieres in the US.
‘The Eagle‘ is helmed by award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, 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 today’s post, I’m going to highlight some of the new goodies fans will find on the film’s official site…
First up, check out the latest production stills in today’s post in the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery. We have new pics of Chan as Marcus and his co-star Jamie Bell, who plays his slave Esca, in what’s predicted to be one of the biggest films of 2011.
In Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle, Channing Tatum plays Marcus Aquila, the son of Flavius Aquila, the leader of the 9th Legion who’d disappeared mysteriously with all his men some 20 years earlier. In some ways, Tatum playing a Roman nobleman might seem a far stretch for an actor best known for his physicality and all-American good looks and openness. But the qualities and talents that Tatum has exhibited in his previous roles––from the dexterity and grace in films like Step Up and Fighting, to the vulnerability in Dear John and the strength of character in Stop-Loss and G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra––are woven harmoniously into his character, a soldier out to redeem his father’s honor. The Eagle’s director Kevin Macdonald relied on Tatum’s past roles, noting “Channing has played soldiers before, in American films, so he well understands the military mentality and has a lot of sympathy for these men.” But as The Eagle screenwriter Jeremy Brock underscores, Tatum is more than just brawn: “Channing approached the role with a wonderful openheartedness. Everybody knows that he is strong and charismatic, but what surprised me was how sensitive he was to the shifts in Marcus’ emotional journey. Marcus migrates from confident warrior to despair to a different kind of confidence, underscored by a new maturity. Channing negotiates that trajectory with great sensitivity and thought.”
Finally, you can also learn more in-depth information about ‘The Eagle‘ in the new “Journey Beyond the Edge of the Known World: Making The Eagle” feature that was recently added to the official site, and you can watch the latest TV spots (“Journey” and “The Rivals“) below….
One more tidbit that you won’t find on the official site…
‘The Eagle‘ won’t hit UK theaters until March 18th, but UK fans will be able to buy the book tie-in that includes both Chan and Jamie Bell on the new cover some time in February. UK fans will also have an opportunity to see an early screening of the film courtesy of the British Museum.
On Saturday, March 5th, the British Museum is having a youth event at the Clore Centre where kids will be able to take over the British Museum and be VIP guests during a day of Roman activities centered around the release of the film ‘The Eagle‘.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet historical experts, make Roman accessories and get into character as a Roman soldier. They will then watch an exclusive preview screening of the film on the big screen of the BP Theatre from 18.00–20.30! CLICK HERE to get more details on the event.
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