UPDATE: Jamie Blackley is on his way to notoriety as a fantasy-adventure fixture. The young actor has a role in the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, and now is joining the ever fertile world of Greek mythology for the new 300 movie, Battle of Artemesia.
Deadline reports that Blackley will star alongside Sullivan Stapleton as a leading character in Noam Murro’s film. Blackley’s character will be a sixteen year-old soldier, aspiring to the greatness once embodied by his father, who becomes a military leader in the titular battle.
EARLIER: The long-awaited follow-up to the 2007 sword-and-sandals blockbuster 300 appears at last to be gathering momentum, as Variety reports that Sullivan Stapleton is in final negotiations for the leading role. The Strike Back star had reportedly been mulling over the role in the film, billed as “neither a prequel or [sic] a sequel” by Variety (hence the compromise “spin-off” label), for quite a while but couldn’t commit until scheduling issues with his Cinemax series were properly worked out.
The film, which has been unofficially branded The Battle of Artemisia, is slated to begin shooting this summer. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing from a script by Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder.
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