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Earlier this month it was reported that Sullivan Stapleton ('Animal Kingdom') had earned himself a lead role in '300: The Battle of Artemisia;' playing Athenian general Themistocles. Today it seems another lead role has been filled in the sequel to Zack Snyder's 2006 adaptation of the graphic novel by Frank Miller. Jamie Blackley has netted the role of Calisto, a young soldier whose thirst for wartime glory finds him leading a small band of troops. Blackley's most notable credit to date was a small part in William Monahan's 'London Boulevard' which starred Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. 'London Boulevard' actually hits Blu-ray next week. Blackley does however also have a small role in the upcoming 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' The '300' sequel will be directed by Noam Murro from a script by Kurt Johnstad ('300'). Still no word on when filming is set to begin.
So another relative unknown joins the cast for the '300' sequel? That actually seems pretty fitting considering it's being helmed by a largely untested director. The funny thing about the first film is that, though many of its stars had appeared in major films prior to its release, it served as a launching pad for several cast members. Gerard Butler wasn't a household name until he took on the role of Leonidas, and '300' represented the first major Hollywood film work for Michael Fassbender. And though Zack Snyder had experienced great success with his 'Dawn of the Dead' remake, he hadn't quite settled into his signature visual style before taking on '300,' a movie that would come to define him in many ways. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not nervous about the cavalcade of hungry young talents being lined up for '300: The Battle for Artemisia,' but maybe others are.
What do you guys think? Does the continual casting of relative unknowns concern you here? Are you interested in a '300' sequel?