‘The Legion’ Trailer: Roman Warrior Film Stars Mickey Rourke And Bai Ling

The fighting ways of Roman gladiators make for truly harrowing cinematic epics, with 2000’s Gladiator right up there at the top. The upcoming film The Legion hopes to follow in the same footsteps, with a cast that includes Mickey Rourke and Bai Ling.

The Legion is a straight-arrow quest film, similar to 1917 in in a sense, as it follows a Roman soldier who must cross deadly terrain to deliver an important message in a time of war. Lee Partridge leads as the journeying warrior, with Rourke as a one-eyed man he encounters along the way. José Magán makes his directorial debut, and looks to be trying to deliver an epic with a limited budget. Not always easy to pull off, but a film like 2011’s The Eagle, which I still think is somewhat underrated, shows it can be done.

SYNOPSIS: Mickey Rourke and Bai Ling star in this epic tale of courage and heroism in a time of war. During the invasion of Parthia, two Roman legions have been brought to a standstill in the snowy mountains of Armenia, leaving them slowly dying in the freezing cold. The rest of the Roman army is a two weeks’ march away, and the region swarms with Parthian patrols. Their only hope for survival is Noreno, a half-Roman soldier, who is entrusted with the impossible mission of crossing the deadly terrain to seek help for his men and turn the tide of the battle.

The Legion hits theaters and VOD on May 8th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.