UPDATE: Sullivan Stapleton Cast As THEMISTOCLES In 300 Follow Up

The Animal Kingdom actor is in final negotiations to star in Noam Murro's follow up to Zack Snyder's stylish adap of Frank Miller's 300..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 2/8/2012
Variety are reporting that we finally have some solid casting news for the follow up to 300. It seems Xerxes, the villain from 300, will be played by Sullivan Stapleton, who we will see next in a supporting role in Gangster Squad alongside Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin..



"Animal Kingdom" thesp Sullivan Stapleton is in final negotiations to star in the untitled "300" follow-up from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Noam Murro is helming, with Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder penning the script with plot details being kept under wraps.


Stapelton has received high praise for his performance in Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom. We had heard that the 300 spin-off would be called "Xerxes", then "300: The Battle of Artemisia", but reports indicate that it is still untitled. It's Deadline who are reporting that it's Xerxes that Stapleton will be playing. The character was previously played by Rodrigo Santoro.

Update: According to a tweet from /Film Sullivan is not playing Xerxes, but a character called Themistocles who will serve as the "hero" of the story.









Source: Variety
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P862010 - 2/8/2012, 3:53 PM
he was very good in animal kingdom solid choice
GUNSMITH - 2/8/2012, 3:54 PM
MAYBE HE TURNS DARKER AS HE GOES ON IN THE MOVIE?
GUNSMITH - 2/8/2012, 3:56 PM
Ranger14 - 2/8/2012, 4:04 PM
When actors are cast in a show and article is posted, it would be super nice to have an actual viewable image in the article of the actor as opposed to a tiny thumbnail to view. Pictures help sell a product. ;-) Just a suggestion.

As to the casting, I guess I don't have any kind of inclination about this film, so it doesn't make much difference to me who they cast. I didn't go and google to see what this guy actually looks like, so I guess I am pretty neutral as of now.
Spock - 2/8/2012, 4:31 PM
He is probably a good actor, but he will be heading to the Tanning Booth for sure.
druzod2501 - 2/8/2012, 4:41 PM
so unsexy
chaos91 - 2/8/2012, 5:10 PM
havent seen animal kingdom but i watched him in strike back and thought he was good in that. now all he has to do is get ripped lol Cant wait for this film, 300 was AWESOME!!!
continuezero - 2/8/2012, 5:17 PM
WTF is this sh*t? Could you have picked someone more different? Not so confident about this movie now.
pro346 - 2/8/2012, 7:50 PM
Animal kingdom one of the best crime movies ever made, do yourself a favour and see it!
continuezero - 2/8/2012, 9:31 PM
I retract my previous statement thanks to the update. Thats a pretty big difference FYI.

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