Briefly: The prequel to 300 was once referred to as Xerxes, because that’s what Frank Miller‘s graphic novel sequel to 300 was using as a title. Eventually the film started going by the informal title 300: The Battle of Artemisia (also Battle of Artemisium), which was in play for the past year or so. Not the best title, but at least “battle” suggests something energetic and interesting, and it wasn’t the sort of title we see all the time.

Now WB has given the film a different, official title. 300: Rise of an Empire is now the moniker for the film that Noam Murro is directing based on a script by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Gerard Butler, star of 300, won’t be back, but Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, and Jamie Blackley are in the film, which is set for release on August 2, 2013.

 

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  • 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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  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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  • 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
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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]

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures finally have an important piece to the 300 prequel puzzle. The producers of 300: The Battle of Artemisia have chosen Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) to play one of the two key male roles in the film, though there has been confusion as to whether he’ll be Xerxes or Themistocles. The current word points towards Themistocles. Noam Murro‘s film will be based on Frank Miller‘s 300 follow-up graphic novel Xerxes, and was scripted by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Read More »

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