UPDATE: Sullivan Stapleton Cast As THEMISTOCLES In 300 Follow Up
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..
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..
"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.
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