Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton is in final negotiations to lead in Noam Murro’s 300 prequel, it has been announced this week.
The apparently untitled prequel (Or 300: Battle of Artemisia as most are naming it), will tell the story of Greek General Themistocles, who leads Athens against Persian invaders in a battle played out simultaneously with the battle depicted in Zack Snyder’s 2006 gore-filled predecessor.
The star of Animal Kingdom is set to play the Persian King, Xerxes, whom the film will be centered around. It was reported in December that Eva Green, who recently appeared in Perfect Sense alongside Ewan McGregor, will also be joining the cast as the leading lady.
Murro signed for director when Snyder went on to direct the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel instead, but he is still set to produce the film and also co-wrote the script with Kurt Johnstad.
No word on when the film will begin filming as of yet, but it is set to be released sometime in 2013.