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Joel Edgerton in talks to replace Gerard Butler in 300 sequel

Nov. 2, 2011by: Mike Sampson

I hope Joel Edgerton likes red sauce on his pasta.

The ANIMAL KINGDOM and WARRIOR actor is in talks to star in 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMESIA, the Zack Snyder produced sequel currently in pre-production at Warner Bros. While Edgerton wouldn't replace original star Gerard Butler as Leonidas, he'd be the new lead of the film, Themistocles, who led the Greeks to victory over the Persians at the Battle of Artemisium.

Before you get too excited, it's to note that this is not the first time Edgerton has been talked about to lead a big action film. Universal wanted him to take over as the lead of the new BOURNE franchise and later was in talks with the actor to star in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (a role he would turn down and later went to Chris Hemsworth).

Edgerton is currently taking a break from both action and adventure while filming THE GREAT GATSBY for Baz Luhrmann. ARTEMISIA currently has Noam Murro attached to direct with a script co-written by Snyder.

Should it all work out, perhaps one day Edgerton will be the subject of countless "This is SPARTA!!" memes.

Extra Tidbit: The original red sauce on pasta.
Source: NY Mag

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8:41PM on 11/02/2011
I'll take anyone over that slobbering, lisping, spitter. He sounds like Sylvester the cat, except drunk.
I'll take anyone over that slobbering, lisping, spitter. He sounds like Sylvester the cat, except drunk.
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4:48PM on 11/02/2011

what the hell Mike Sampson?

I'm sorry but this is just bad writing. You title the article Joel Edgerton to replace Gerard Butler in 300 sequel and then a couple sentences later reveal the truth that he's NOT replacing Butler whatsoever, but instead in talks to play a new lead character...
come on man.

as for the news, we'll see if it goes through or not. But I'm certainly not against it. Would've been if he were replacing Butler, but a new character I would be open to him playing.
I'm sorry but this is just bad writing. You title the article Joel Edgerton to replace Gerard Butler in 300 sequel and then a couple sentences later reveal the truth that he's NOT replacing Butler whatsoever, but instead in talks to play a new lead character...
come on man.

as for the news, we'll see if it goes through or not. But I'm certainly not against it. Would've been if he were replacing Butler, but a new character I would be open to him playing.
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2:40AM on 11/03/2011
that's how they hook you in to read the article. It's never what it seems.
that's how they hook you in to read the article. It's never what it seems.
4:36PM on 11/02/2011
gerard butler has to be one of the biggest idiot's in hollywood! this guy could have been a great action star and hes turned down great projects, to do a bunch of fucking bull shit films...
gerard butler has to be one of the biggest idiot's in hollywood! this guy could have been a great action star and hes turned down great projects, to do a bunch of fucking bull shit films...
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4:30PM on 11/02/2011
Isn't this a prequel and not a sequel?
Isn't this a prequel and not a sequel?
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3:07PM on 11/02/2011

But Themistocles...

I was going to go to Persia to pick up some power converters!
I was going to go to Persia to pick up some power converters!
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12:41PM on 11/02/2011
That's really good news. He showed a lot of talent in both Animal Kingdom and Warrior and he could definitely need a star-turning character.
That's really good news. He showed a lot of talent in both Animal Kingdom and Warrior and he could definitely need a star-turning character.
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