Joel Edgerton in talks to play Themistocles in 300: Battle of Artemesia

Aussie actor Joel Edgerton’s star is certainly on the rise. Critics started to sit up and take notice after his performance in Aussie drama Animal Kingdom, but after leading roles in first The Thing and now Warrior (alongside Tom Hardy), it seems Hollywood can’t get enough of Edgerton. The Sydney born actor is apparently now in talks to play the famous Greek general Themistocles in the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 hit 300.

Details on 300: Battle of Artemesia are still thin on the ground, except that Snyder will not direct this time around. He has apparently written the script however, alongside Kurt Johnstad (co-writer on 300). In what seems like an odd choice, Israeli born director Noam Murro (best know for directing 2008’s Smart People) will direct.

The premise of the 300 sequel is much the same as the original, with Xerxes and his massive Persian army once again being fought off by the Greeks, except at Artemesia this time around. The Frank Miller graphic novel is based loosely on an actual historical battle much as 300 was, but no doubt there’ll yet again be plenty of artistic license!

Very few other details exist right now, except an anticipated 2013 release.

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