Joel Edgerton Eyes 300: Battle of Artemisia

Joel Edgerton looks like he just might be the first all-new cast member for the upcoming 300: Battle of Artemisia. Vulture reports that the actor would play Greek General Themistocles, who lead Athens against Persian invaders in a battle that played out simultaneously with the Battle of Thermopylae (depicted in the first 300 film).

Superhero Hype spoke with the film’s producers this past weekend and got an update on the status of the quasi-sequel.

“We have to say that Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, his writing partner, have killed it,” said Mark Canton of the screenplay. “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.”

Edgerton recently appeared in The Thing and Warrior and can be seen late next year in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

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