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IN CINEMAS JULY 26
Who are the Celts? What have the Romans ever done for us? And why is Emperor Nero dousing himself in horse wee?
Friends, Romans, Celts… Lend us your ears. The all-conquering Romans rule the civilised world – and that includes “the stain” that is Britain. While the young Emperor Nero must battle his scheming mother Agrippina for ultimate power, Celt queen Boudicca gathers an army in Britain to repel the rotten Romans. Mixed up in this battle for liberation are the teenage Atti, a reluctant Roman soldier, and Orla, a young Celt with dreams of becoming a warrior like Boudicca. Will they fall on opposite sides or forge a friendship in the chaos of Celtic-inspired rebellion?
Meet the characters
Most Roman boys enjoy mindless violence, but Atti prefers to spend his time with his nose stuck in a scroll. Atti’s life changes forever when one of his clever schemes causes a stink with Emperor Nero. Suddenly, ,he finds himself shipped off to Britain to join the Roman army. When Celt teenager Orla captures him, he must learn to use his Roman know-how to survive.
Orla is a fearless and feisty Celt. Inspired by her idol, Boudicca, she’s desperate to prove herself as a warrior to her overprotective father. When she captures a young Roman soldier, Atti, she hopes to finally earn the right to have a sword. But things go wrong when a rival tribe kidnaps her gran and she must enlist the help of Atti. Orla learns that sometimes family and friends are more important than bashing people over the head.
After the murder, ahem, death of his uncle, Emperor Claudius, Nero is crowned the new Ruler of the whole Roman Empire (even that stainy bit). The rotten Roman emperor everyone loves to hate, he has a horrible habit of murdering people. From gruesome gladiators, to cruel crucifixions, the only thing he loves more than a Roman bath is a bloodbath!
Big hair and even bigger attitude, Boudicca is one Celt that you don’t want to cross. After the death of her husband, Boudicca becomes queen of the Iceni tribe of Britons. But when the Romans pull a fast one, the warrior queen turns against her Roman masters and unleashes her wrecking ball on Colchester, St Albans and London. With a song in her heart and a sword in her hand, she lights up the battlefield – literally.
Arghus is Orla’s father and the village chief. Unlike his daughter and his mother-in-law, Arghus doesn’t think the Romans are all bad. In fact, he’s quite partial to a pillar. Arghus struggles to protect his daughter, who wants to run off and fight the Romans with Boudicca. But after the bloodbath at the Battle of Watling Street, he eventually realises that his little Celtic warrior can take care of herself.
They say there are two sides to every coin, and what’s better than one with your face on it? Thinking she can rule the empire through her weak and wicked son, Agrippina poisons her husband, Claudius, and Nero becomes emperor. Little does she know that nasty Nero has a different idea of how to deal with mummy dearest.