The film received generally negative reviews, particularly for its lack of originality and dialogue, though it received some praise for its visual effects and production values, which were considered to be historically accurate.Emily took a break from filming on ‘Pompeii’, and returned home to Australia to film a music video directed by Guy Franklin for the song “No Matter What You Say” by the San Francisco-based band Imperial Teen.In an interview at Comic-Con, she confirmed that she would be singing in the film, while claiming that her audition tape brought tears to her casting agent’s eyes and the song she selected (“Killing Me Softly”) was one of Zack Snyder’s wife Deborah’s favourites, which Emily referred to as the “selling point” on her being cast in the role.
Emily played Eve, and the role required live singing.
Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012.
At the festival, Emily said, “Even reading the screenplay, it made me feel uncomfortable. I would prefer to polarise an audience as opposed to making an entertaining film everybody feels ambivalent about.” In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond as the female lead in the film Summer in February.
The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith.
Filming took place in Cornwall alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.