Although 300: Battle Of Artemesia is a prequel to the Gerard Butler starring hit, it follows different characters and so a whole new cast is needed. Now one piece of that puzzle has fallen into place, as Variety reports that Animal Kingdom star, Sullivan Stapleton is in final talks for a leading role in 300: Battle of Artemisia.
It isn’t known exactly what character Sullivan Stapleton will portray in 300: Battle of Artemisia, as there’s some confusion over whether it’ll be Xerxes or Themistocles, with most of the latest reports pointing to the latter. It would make sense for Rodrigo Santoro to return to play Xerxes (he’s apparently been in talks), as he’s one of the few characters who appears in both movies, with Battle Of Artemisia looking at his rivalry with Themistocles and quest for godhood.
A while ago, fellow Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton was in talks to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, probably for the same role that Stapleton’s now taken, although he dropped out to join Kathryn Bigelow’s untitles hunt Osama Bin Laden project. Back in December Eva Green was in talks to portray Artemisia, but it isn’t known if that deal was ever finalized.
Noam Murro is directing 300: Battle of Artemisia from a screenplay by 300 co-writers Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. It isn’t known when production will begin on 300: Battle of Artemisia.