Magnet attracted to swordplay of 'Centurion'

Roman era movie stars Michael Fassbender, Dominic West

Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures' genre distribution arm, is plunging into the world of swords and sandals with the acquisition of Neil Marshall’s "Centurion."

Set in the Scottish higlands during the second century when Roman soldiers battled Pict tribesman, the movie stars Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, David Morrissey and Olga Kurylenko.

Aiming for a theatrical release this summer, Magnet will release "Centurion" as part of its "Six Shooter Film Series," a collection of six international action films that also includes "Bronson," "Red Cliff," "Ong Bak 2," "District 13: Ultimatum" and "The Warlords."

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia/Magnet’s Tom Quinn with Mike Runagall of Pathe International.