Lena Headey has been cast as the queen opposite Gerard Butler in director Zach Snyder’s 300, which Hollywood Gang Productions and Atmosphere Pictures are producing for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Variety says production begins October 17 in Montreal, where Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) will shoot actors in front of a green screen, relying on all CG backgrounds.
Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, the film is about the real-life battle of Thermopylae, in which King Leonidas (Butler) and 300 Spartan warriors fought to the death against the massive Persian army. According to lore, their bravery led to Greece uniting and giving rise to democracy.
Headey (Imagine You and Me, The Brothers Grimm) will play the role of Gorgo, Leonidas’ wife.
Also joining the cast are David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan and Rodrigo Santoro.
Snyder and writing partner Kurt Johnstad adapted Miller’s book, with Michael Gordon penning a previous draft of the screenplay.