Billy Elliot Gets Buff, Plays Slave to Channing Tatum


Here's a brand new still of actor Jamie Bell from the forthcoming film Eagle of the Ninth, in which he plays a Celtic slave in the Roman-occupied Britain of 140 AD. Channing Tatum plays his Roman master.

A few shots of Tatum in his war armor, AFTER THE JUMP...




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  1. I think this is based on a real book (as opposed to GI Joe). Maybe it will actually have a plot (as opposed to GI Joe). And maybe it won't be just an empty-headed dress up film. We can dream, right?

    Posted by: Garrett | Dec 30, 2009 10:53:04 AM

  2. Garrett, it's based on a British book from the 50's and a BBC mini-series. To hold true to it's value it would require some solid acting, something Channing doesn't do well.

    Posted by: Tanner | Dec 30, 2009 11:03:14 AM

  3. I want my poster, my screensaver my tshirt evrything with jamie bell right about NOW...uff he is sexy cute....

    Posted by: Raul | Dec 30, 2009 11:08:25 AM

  4. Who knew they invented the low-cut style in Boadicean times?

    Even so, Jamie gives good slave - quite a model to follow...

    Posted by: Slaveboy 1 | Dec 30, 2009 11:09:49 AM

  5. The book is The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff a wonderful author; I read it when I grew up (as i did all of her books) and have just finished re-reading it. I only hope that the focus remains on the characters and not the fighting - the casting of Channing Tatum makes me doubt...

    Posted by: Simon A Bird | Dec 30, 2009 11:09:59 AM

  6. Meh. Call me when they make "Spread Eagle and Packing Nine."

    Posted by: Q | Dec 30, 2009 11:14:08 AM

  7. I thought Channing was wonderful in "Stop-Loss".

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 30, 2009 11:45:42 AM

  8. i saw jamie bell in a little movie made few years ago when he was about 19 or so called "chum scrubber." he can act rings around channing tatum.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 30, 2009 11:46:20 AM

  9. Jamie as a slave and Channing as his master. Aaaaand, it's time for an extended lunch break : )

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Dec 30, 2009 11:55:44 AM

  10. To be fair, the NYTimes said Channing Tatum was reminiscent of a young Brando when he was in Guide To Recognizing Your Saints. I relish the idea of hotties that are good for you. Don't take him away from me.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 30, 2009 12:00:23 PM

  11. I have to agree Tatum was really good in "Stop Loss", I was totally surprised by it. Hopefully he has a decent script for this film (adaptations are always tricky). Let's face it, he's not an A-List drama star, but I'm willing to give this a chance. GI Joe was a summer popcorn flick, and if this isn't designed as such, maybe we'll get more of what we saw in "Stop Loss".

    Posted by: DR | Dec 30, 2009 12:20:32 PM

  12. little jamie done gwowed up. eeyow.

    and a little master slave bromance wouldn't totally ruin my day.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 30, 2009 12:41:59 PM

  13. Why is a roman slave wearing low rise diesel style jeans? lol

    Posted by: JEFFREY T | Dec 30, 2009 1:15:28 PM

  14. Wow, can we just make all guys wear pants like that?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 30, 2009 1:32:52 PM

  15. no, we definitely DO NOT want all guys wearing pants like that, honey

    Posted by: squeezit | Dec 30, 2009 3:40:55 PM

  16. What a fine man!

    Posted by: TODD | Dec 30, 2009 7:40:29 PM

  17. Jamie is a terrific actor. Watching him grow up on film has been a pleasure.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 30, 2009 7:47:30 PM

  18. I have always had a thing for Jamie Bell. OMG! Look how buff and sexier he is in this picture.

    Posted by: Harry | Dec 30, 2009 8:04:18 PM

  19. That's going on my harddrive RIGHT NOW. Delicious. I always knew he was going to grow up HOTT.

    Posted by: clint | Dec 30, 2009 8:36:31 PM

  20. OK, honestly: Is this a porno?

    Posted by: Ben | Dec 30, 2009 8:48:45 PM

  21. Is this some gay casting directors wet dream?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 30, 2009 11:16:06 PM

  22. this is no gladiator. Pass.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 30, 2009 11:21:30 PM

  23. Sorry to say this, but the Billy Elliot guy is a "butter face". Nice cut body though.

    Posted by: Whorey Mary | Dec 31, 2009 12:16:20 AM

  24. When I read that Bell was cast w Chan I figured it was to market Bell to the Twilight crowd in advance of his TinTin flick. These pics reinforce my suspicion.
    I guess Bell is leaving the "real acting" jobs to Ryan Gosling & Joe Gordon Levitt for a movie career as a himbo.
    Pity but perhaps he feels intimidated.

    Posted by: Haddie Weinreb | Dec 31, 2009 12:22:19 AM

  25. Jamie Bell, I can look at him for a long time and then again.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Dec 31, 2009 1:06:28 AM

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