The Eagle looks like it could be so freakin' cool! Unfortunately, it looks like Channing Tatum will keep the film from reaching its full potential. For the life of me, I can't understand why he was cast in the lead role of this movie, he doesn't fit in this world. I'll still see it, but Tatum just looks like a weak link. He's surrounded by a great cast of actors that includes Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong and Tahar Rahim.
The movie was formerly called The Eagle of the Ninth, and it is directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland, One Day in September). The story is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland.
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).
Watch the trailer for the film below and let us know what you think! Am I being too hard on Tatum?