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Things are starting to move on the '300' prequel '300: The Battle of Artemisia,' despite the egregious fact that it isn't called '299.' The first bit of official casting has taken place and it looks like Sullivan Stapleton ('Animal Kingdom') has landed the lead. He won't, as some had supposed, be playing Xerxes, Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to reprise that part, but instead Stapleton will be taking on the role of Themistocles. This was the role for which the studio had originally wanted Joel Edgerton, but that didn't work out. Themistocles was an Athenian general who, like Gerard Butler's King Leonidas from '300,' battles the invading Persian armies. Frank Miller, who wrote '300,' is currently finishing the graphic novel on which this film will be based.
Don't get me wrong, Stapleton is a very talented actor, but I do find it funny that it seems like Warner Brothers couldn't get Joel Edgerton so they just settled on someone else from 'Animal Kingdom' instead. First of all, I'm glad Stapleton won't be replacing Santoro as Xerxes and that they are making moves to get him back for the prequel. Stapleton may be a relative unknown here in the states, which can foster doubt in his casting, but keep in mind that Gerard Butler was also a relative unknown when he did '300.' Also, I highly recommend 'Animal Kingdom' if you haven't seen it, a phenomenal film. It'll be interesting to see how Stapleton distinguishes himself from Butler's Leonidas. Doing a quick bit of digging on the actual Themistocles, the biggest difference between he and Leonidas, part from his being from Athens, is that he was a big proponent of having a formidable navy. Hopefully this means we'll get a few sea battles in the prequel.
What do you guys think? Has anyone seen 'Animal Kingdom?' Are you excited about the '300' prequel?