Earlier this month we heard that Joel Edgerton (The Thing, Warrior) was in talks to lead the cast of 300: Battle of Artemisia, the prequel to 300 which will be directed by Noam Murro.
That won’t be happening; however, as Variety’s Jeff Sneider recently tweeted that the actor has passed on the role. No reason was given, but it must have been a good one as he’s turned down the role of Themosticles, “the famed archon and general who led the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in 480 BCE”.
Last year graphic novel writer Frank Miller said Themistocles is the lead character and “became warlord of Greece and built their navy”. He is also a “lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure” who was nicknamed ‘The Subtle Serpent’. 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.
Joel Edgerton has been in demand since the Australian crime/drama Animal Kingdom, and is currently shooting Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opposite Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio.