Fake superheroes, spin-offs and Leonidas are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Mark Millar is teasing some of the fights and costumes in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Universal has set a December 19, 2014 release date for a Despicable Me spin-off centered on the Minions.
  • See a high-res version of the Red 2 teaser poster.
  • Gerard Butler will not be returning for 300: The Battle of Artemisia.

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That’s a new banner for The Expendables 2, above, and it does just about as good a job as it could possibly do informing audiences of who is in the film. Click for a larger version, and break out the measurement tools to check out the photoshop work that seems to have re-sized a few of the heads. I wonder if those with a proper head-to-body proportion got paid more? Probably. That could be a good new metric for evaluating movie posters.

In addition to that, after the break you’ll find:

  • Trivia about Donnie Yen passing on The Expendables 2
  • Jack O’Connell joins the 300 prequel/sequel
  • Alex Garland considers two sequels to Dredd
  • A few basic set photos have hit from Mad Max: Fury Road
  • and we’ve got three new TV spots and a poster for The Bourne Legacy.

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Music, release dates, expanded roles, clips and interviews. It’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Pitbull, not Will Smith, will be doing the theme song to Men in Black III. A nation weeps.
  • Liam Hemsworth talks about how his expanded role in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, didn’t change this performance plus Expendables 2.
  • A new clip has been released from Wrath of the Titans featuring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
  • Kermit the Frog and Walter discuss Jason Segel‘s departure from The Muppets 2.
  • Warner Bros. gives official Summer 2013 release dates to The Hangover Part III and 300: Battle of Artemisia.

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Disgusting as the Human Centipede franchise is, I’ve gotta hand it to director Tom Six. Most sequels try to go bigger and better, but few try to go 50 times bigger. After the jump:

  • Tom Six says Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) will feature a 500-person chain
  • Rodrigo Santoro talks 300 2, or whatever they end up calling it
  • Joss Whedon continues to spill his thoughts on a potential Avengers 2
  • In case you were still wondering, no, there are no plans for a Green Hornet 2
  • Skyfall set pics reveal a familiar-looking car and a handsome-looking Bond

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Briefly: The cast is shaping up for Noam Murro‘s prequel to the unexpected blockbuster hit 300. The film, 300: The Battle of Artemisia, is scripted by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad based on Frank Miller‘s graphic novel Xerxes, and we’ve had a couple major cast announcements in the past few weeks: Sullivan Stapleton is playing Greek warlord Themosticles; Rodrigo Santoro is returning to play the Persian leader Xerxes; and Eva Green will be the title character Artemisia.

Now Jamie Blackley, recently seen (by some) in William Monahan’s London Boulevard and soon to be on screens in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been cast in a role that is described as one of the co-leads of the film. He’ll be Calisto, “a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16-year-old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers.” [Deadline]

The Noam Murro-directed 300 prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia has a pulse again thanks to a former Bond girl.

Casino Royale, Kingdom of Heaven and Golden Compass star Eva Green is in talks to play the title character in the film, some of which takes place concurrently with events of the 2006 Zack Snyder blockbuster. It centers on the 300 bad guy Xerxes who is manipulated by Artemisia into waging a war against an inexperienced Greek army, lead by Themistokles. That role has yet to be cast, though actors like Joel Edgerton have already passed on it. There’s more after the break. Read More »

The biggest news today has been what people won’t do, rather than movies they will. We started off with Steven Soderbergh’s withdrawal from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and now we move on to the fact that Joel Edgerton has said ‘no’ to 300: Battle of Artemisia, Fox has decided not to make David Cronenberg‘s sequel to The Fly, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt won’t make the true-life ‘poisoned KGB agent’ movie Londongrad after all. Read More »

The prequel to 300, once called Xerxes and now 300: Battle of Artemisia, has been slowly moving forward for the last couple years as Frank Miller created the graphic novel on which the movie will be based. With Miller’s work done, Zack Snyder, director of 300, and his 300 writer Kurt Johnstad, have finished a script for the new film.

The next step is casting, and while one producer has teased the cameo returns of Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, Battle of Artemisia needs a new leading man to play Themosticles, a Greek general who led the defense against Persia’s invasion in 480 BCE.

Now Joel Edgerton, recently seen in The Thing, Animal Kingdom and Warrior, is reportedly in talks to strip down and oil up for the part.

Update: Edgerton has also reportedly been offered the lead in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Read More »

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