'Legion' on the march
Epic sets world premiere for Venice"The Last Legion," an ancient Rome-set war story starring Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth, will have its world premiere at the 64th annual Venice Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.
The film, based on a novel by Valerio Massimo Manfredi and directed by Doug Lefler, centers on military leader Romulus Augustus (Firth), who makes a perilous trip to Britain to find a lost legion of supporters.
With the addition of "Legion," the Venice program is slowly coming into focus.
In recent days, it was revealed that "Sleuth" — a Kenneth Branagh-directed thriller starring Michael Caine and Jude Law — will screen in competition.
It was previously announced that the world premiere of "Blood Brothers," Alexi Tan's 1930s-era action film, will be the closing-night film and that the Keira Knightley-Vanessa Redgrave starrer "Atonement," based on Ian McEwan's Booker Prize-winning novel, will open the Aug. 29-Sept. 8 festival.
The full program will be revealed at the end of July.