The sequel to 300, once called Xerxes and now 300: Battle of Artemisia, has been very slowly moving forward ever since the first film was released. Frank Miller has been hard at work creating the graphic novel on which the movie will be based, and while Zack Snyder was supposed to direct, he’s busy with Superman and so Noam Murro has taken over. However Snyder has been working on the script with Kurt Johnstad, and they’ve now completed work.
The next step is casting, and while one producer has teased the cameo returns of Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, Battle of Artemisia needs a new leading man to play Themosticles, a Greek general who led the defense against Persia’s invasion in 480 BC. According to Vulture, they may have found their man, as Joel Edgerton, recently seen in The Thing, Animal Kingdom and Warrior, is reportedly in talks to star. Let’s hope he looks good in a leather nappy, which will presumably be his costume, as it was for the guys in the first 300 movie.
Battle of Artemisia producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari recently said of the Snyder/Johnstad script, “Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, his writing partner, have killed it. They’ve done a tremendous job making a highly intelligent, epic story that will stand on its own. But it’s not a conventional sequel and, for what we do, that’s what you hope and pray for. That you can be original and authentic at the same time.”
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