Kit Harington will be starring as Milo, a Celtic gladiator in the forthcoming film Pompeii. Milo falls in love with Cassia (Emily Browning), a Roman noblewoman but unfortunately, their romance is cut short by the inconvenience of a major volcanic eruption. However, this is not before Milo tracks down the men who slaughtered his family, giving rise to an extra layer of drama.
Harington will be sharing the screen with such big names as Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Carrie-Anne Moss in the new epic. It’s been a while since we’ve had a decent Roman drama – have a look at some of these and see if you agree that the time is return for a return to Rome.

5. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The late 1960s/early 1970s saw a number of farce comedies set in ancient Rome and one of the most popular was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. An adaptation of the stage musical of the same title, it is inspired by Roman playwright Platus’ work and tells the story of slave Pseudolus attempting to win his freedom by helping his master win the girl of his dreams.

Set during Emperor Nero’s decadent reign, Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is a lazy, lying slob of a slave who looks for any opportunity to buy his freedom. His chance comes when his master’s son Hero (Michael Crawford) falls in love with Philia (Annette Andre), a slave girl. Pseudolus agrees to obtain the girl in return for his freedom, but matters are complicated by the fact that she’s already been purchased by a Roman Captain (Leon Greene).

The filmmakers chose to cut out all the songs, turning the movie into a straightforward comedy. Ironically, it received the Academy Award for Best Music/Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment. However, the authors of the musical were not nearly as impressed.

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