Sullivan Stapleton Eyes 300: Battle of Artemisia

Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) could be headed to the fifth century, B.C. as Variety has word that he’s being eyed to play a leading role in Noam Murro’s 300: Battle of Artemisia.

The film, a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (in turn based on Frank Miller’s 1998 comic book miniseries), will tell, in part, the story of 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 film).

Superhero Hype spoke with the film’s producers last fall 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.”

No other actors are officially attached, but Eva Green was recently said to be up for the role of Artemisia.

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