His name resonates through the centuries, summoning a world of decadence, corruption and violence. He is Nero, the emperor who watched the Roman Empire burn – and his story plays out in all its epic drama in the new Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release, which follows the fabled emperor from his sudden ascension to power at the behest of his cruel uncle Caligula, to his tragic downfall as the once-mighty empire began to falter.
The Emperor Caligula has gone mad. Murdering his sister¹s husband under the pretext of conspiracy, he exiles her and takes her son Lucius as his heir. Lucius begins his historical legacy as Nero, but his rule is haunted by revenge, bloodlust and deception. Brought to the throne by a counterfeit will, the Emperor battles enemies at every turn. Wracked by fear and paranoia, Nero eventually finds that his own army has become his enemy, and he falls victim to the Rome he once ruled.
Directed by Paul Marcus, “Nero” is a dramatic, epic screen treatment of the emperor who had to battle enemies at every turn, from his own mother Agripinna (angered that Caligula had murdered her husband and claimed her son as his heir) to the Roman army that Nero once commanded. The film boasts an international cast that includes Mattias Habich and Laura Morante. Starring as Nero is the Scottish actor Hans Matheson.
“Nero” will make its way to DVD on September 6 at a suggested retail price of $24.96.