According to Heat Vision Eva Green, best known for playing Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, is in talks to join 300: Battle of Artemisia.
Green will play Artemisia, a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle.
The 300 prequel is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, who died battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occurred in 480 BC.
Warrior actor Joel Edgerton was previously in talks to play Themistocles, but he passed on the role. Now the search will be on to find another actor to lead the film and comments earlier this year from producer Bernie Goldmann suggests they’re aiming for unknowns and upcoming talent to fill the main roles. Eva Green isn’t an unknown, but she’s isn’t a ‘movie star’ who’ll take the audience out of the movie setting.
Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing, and Warner Bros. are aiming to start production in early 2012.