‘300’ Prequel Snags Eva Green
For a certain type of aggro moviegoer, Zak Snyder’s 300 was the cinematic high point of the last 25 years, loaded with muscles and stabbing and sex and slo-mo. The beige-heavy blockbuster made gobs of money, but considering how basically everyone died at the end (spoilers!), it seemed like there’d be unlikely territory for a sequel.
But rather than advance the story, why not go backwards? That’s the line of thinking for the 300 follow-up, which will reportedly be a prequel showing the steps leading up to the Battle of Thermopylae. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Eva Green is in negotiations to take over the lead role for the film, tetnatively titled 300: Battle of Artemisia. She’d be the titular Artemisia, "a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle."
As he’s busy helming the new Superman film, Zak Snyder will only produce. They’re looking to start shooting in the first quarter of 2012, so Green’s got to decide how much further she wants to go down the rabbit hole of nerd desire. Playing Bond’s girlfriend, a witch, and a CGI colorized goddess? Oh my, oh my.