The film is set late in the first century and centers on Milo (Kit Harington), a former slave turned gladiator. He is forced to race against time to save his lover Flavia (Emily Browning) after discovering that she has been unwillingly promised to a corrupt Roman General.
Jared Harris will play the role of Flavia's father. The actor is best known for his role asa Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Paul W.S. Anderson is directing and producing with Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz. Lee and Janet Scott Batchler penned the script, which was reworked by Julian Fellowes.