Filming has begun on Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic The Eagle Of The Ninth. The 12-week shoot started yesterday (August 25) on location in Hungary.

The film, which will also shoot in Scotland, stars Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell. It tells the story of centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum), who crosses Hadrian’s Wall into savage Caledonia to solve the mystery of the Ninth Legion, which disappeared 20 years earlier.

Co-financed by Film4 and Focus Features, The Eagle of the Ninth has already sold in virtually every territory after a successful Cannes Marche earlier this year.  

Macdonald’s previous films include The Last King of Scotland, which earned Forest Whitaker an Oscar for best actor, and the mountaineering documentary-thriller Touching the Void.

The Eagle of the Ninth sees Macdonald reunited with Jeremy Brock, screenwriter of The Last King of Scotland.

Duncan Kenworthy, who previously scored successes with Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, developed and is producing the film. Anthony Dod Mantle is director of photography.