Sullivan Stapleton is Themistocles in 300 Sequel. Sullivan Stapleton is apparently taking over the 300: Battle Of Artemisia role Joel Edgerton had once been considered for, reported on here: 300: Battle Of Artemisia: Joel Edgerton may play Themistocles. The 300: Battle Of Artemisia is currently in the planning phase.
The director of the 300 sequel and its script writers are:
Noam Murro is helming, with Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder penning the script. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
On Sullivan Stapleton taking the Themistocles role:
Stapleton had been in consideration for the role early on but had an obligation to the TV show “Strike Back.” With the pic shoot pushing to the summer, the studio went back to Stapleton and it looks like the schedules have been work out.
It is unclear if 300 sequel will be a prequel or a sequel but since the Battle Of Artemesia is being talked about, it seems that it is going to be a sequel.
For those unaware, Themistocles was:
an Athenian politician and a general. He was one of a new breed of politicians who rose to prominence in the early years of the Athenian democracy, along with his great rival Aristides. As a politician, Themistocles was a populist, having the support of lower class Athenians, and generally being at odds with the Athenian nobility. Elected archon in 493 BC, he took steps to increase the naval power of Athens, which would be a recurring theme in his political career. During the first Persian invasion of Greece, he fought at the Battle of Marathon, and was possibly one of the 10 Athenian strategoi (generals) in that battle.
In the years after Marathon, and in the run up to the second Persian invasion he became the most prominent politician in Athens. He continued to advocate a strong Athenian navy, and in 483 BC he persuaded the Athenians to build a fleet of 200 triremes; these would prove crucial in the forthcoming conflict with Persia. During the second invasion, he was in effective command of the Greek allied navy at the battles of Artemisium and Salamis. Due to subterfuge on the part of Themistocles, the Allies lured the Persian fleet into the Straits of Salamis, and the decisive Greek victory there was the turning point in the invasion, which was ended the following year by the defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Plataea.
After the conflict ended, Themistocles continued to be pre-eminent amongst Athenian politicians. However, he aroused the hostility of Sparta by ordering Athens to be re-fortified, and his perceived arrogance began to alienate him from the Athenians. In 472 or 471 BC, he was ostracised, and went into exile in Argos. The Spartans now saw an opportunity to destroy Themistocles, and implicated him in the treasonous plot of their own general Pausanias. Themistocles thus fled from Greece, and travelled to Asia Minor, where he entered the service of the Persian king Artaxerxes I. He was made governor of Magnesia, and lived there for the rest of his life.
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