Not every Frank Miller-related sequel must move forward so slowly: "300: Battle of Artemisia" has just hired one of its co-leads in Jamie Blackley, who will star alongside Sullivan Stapleton.
"Blackley will play Calisto, a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16-year-old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers," reports Deadline.
Though one star of "Animal Kingdom," Joel Edgerton, turned down the lead role in the sequel to Zack Snyder's "300," one of his co-stars, Sullivan Stapleton, has taken his place.
Deadline is reporting that Stapleton will play the Greek warlord Themistocles in "300: The Battle of Artemisia."
The role of Themistocles was originally offered to Edgerton, who turned down the role last November while being approached for several other parts.
Ryan Reynolds. "Deadpool." We want it to happen. It has to happen. But every year we move away from "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the less and less hopeful we get that we'll actually get to see Reynolds crack wise as the Merc with the Mouth.
Luckily, Reynolds himself remains optimistic about the film's eventual prospects. Speaking with MTV News at the press junket for "Safe House," Reynolds revealed that "the script is there [for 'Deadpool'], everything just comes down to budget and time."
Batman gets some awesome new credits. "The Goon" may or may not be in a little bit of a pickle. And even if you're pining for the days of Tobey Maguire and fearful of the incoming Andrew Garfield era, never fear — Stan Lee is here to cool your jets.
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We’d write that David Fincher is having a big year, but it seems like he’s been in permanent kill mode for a while. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" comes out tomorrow, and it’s sure to sweep box offices if not critical year-end lists. He’s also got plenty of projects in the distant future, including a Disney adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and “House of Cards," the first original television show for Netflix.
But there’s another project that comic fans would like to see him tackle as soon as possible: Eric Powell’s “The Goon," that irascible thug with the lead pipe. When talking to MTV News, Fincher revealed that the animated film is still in development, although it might be a while.
“We're still trying. Eric rewrote his script," he said. “He got away from the genesis story, and I feel like we need to go back to a little bit of what he had before."
"300: Battle of Artemisia" -- or "300: The Battle of Artemisium" for some -- is finally close to finding its leading lady.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that "Casino Royale" starlet Eva Green has entered into negotiations to play the titular goddess. Last we heard, Artemisia is the central character of the "300" prequel and was the main role director Noam Murro was looking to cast. She is the character who will pull the strings of the story, including manipulating Xerxes (rumored to be played by Rodrigo Santoro) and Themosticles.
If you follow the little news that trickles out from time to time on "Sin City 2," you've probably gotten used to hearing the same things. Robert Rodriguez says the script is halfway done, then Frank Miller says the script is halfway done. Robert Rodriguez says it's almost done, then Frank Miller says it's almost done and that he hates Occupy Wall Street. Things have become cyclical.
The one piece of news from that camp that offered any new or different information came down the line back in August. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind "The Departed," William Monahan, was going to take a crack at the screenplay.
Up until that point, the project had been very much the child of Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Adding Monahan to the mix was simultaneously unexpected and perhaps a sign of hope that progress was actually being made.
Indiewire spoke with Rodriguez while he was promoting the DVD for "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" and asked the director where the project stands and what Monahan had to do with the script.
"Breaking Dawn" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has given us some very optimistic updates on "AKA Jessica Jones" recently, but what's the status of Guillermo del Toro's planned "Hulk" TV Series? According to the man himself, things are going "very good."
"We delivered the screenplay to the network," the "Hellboy" filmmaker told io9 in a recent interview. "I have a very specific idea of how to do it, and we're waiting for the green light."
Filling the animal hide boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger is no small feat, and to prove you're up to the task means going the extra mile. Sometimes the extra mile means suiting up in leather clothing and chopping at some house plants.
Jason Momoa did just that and then some when auditioning for "Conan the Barbarian." This exclusive behind the scenes look from the Blu-ray -- available in stores on November 22 -- shows Momoa's original audition tape, reading for the part.
Even if he does officially join the project, Joel Edgerton might not be the lead of "300: Battle of Artemisia" after all, based on a new report that the titular goddess Artemisia is the one at the forefront of the film.
Moviehole has heard that the casting process is about to begin for the role of Artemisia. According to their report, the "300" is now called "300: The Battle of Artemisium," but that doesn't change the fact that Artemisia is the character pulling the strings in the film.