BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominated actor, writer and director Noel Clarke has signed on to star in Centurion, the Rome-era actioner being produced by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar nominee Christian Colson and his Celador Films.

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Clarke previously wrote the screenplays for Kidulthood and Adulthood, and starred in and directed Adulthood.

He joins Michael Fassbender (Hunger), Dominic West (The Wire), and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) in the film which was written and will be directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers).

Principal photography will begin at the end of February in Scotland and London.

Set during the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 117, Centurion tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the people of Northern Britain from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.