Edgar Ramirez as God of War Ares in 'Wrath of the Titans' & More
Next after Sam Worthington it's Edgar Ramirez making his mainstream debut in the Clash of the Titans sequel? Deadline says that the 33-year-old Venezuelan actor, who was in Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Che and Carlos, has been offered the role of Ares, the God of War, in the upcoming sequel Wrath of the Titans from Legendary and Warner Bros. Apparently Ramirez is "on the verge of making a deal" to star opposite Worthington, so it's his role to take. I'm wondering if they're playing Ares as a bad guy in this sequel or as a helpful new "good guy" God who will guide Perseus on his quest, as we don't know yet.
Battle Los Angeles and The Killing Room director Jonathan Liebesman is taking over for Louis Leterrier this time and directing a much more action-packed kinetic sequel, hopefully ridding us of the bad taste that I know last year's remake left many moviegoers' with. We don't know much about the plotline in this sequel, but it's definitely sounding good if they're bringing Ares into the mix and going with a title like Wrath of the Titans. Warner Bros already set a March 30th, 2012 release date and production begins in a few months in England. Neeson is also back, but other roles have yet to be filled, so I expect we'll be hearing a lot more about this soon. Ramirez is an awesome actor to beef up the cast, looking forward to seeing who else joins.
UPDATE: Not soon after the news first hit, The Wrap decided to bust open a huge amount of juicy casting news for Wrath of the Titans, all of which is not confirmed, but mostly only in the early stages. In addition to Ramirez, they say Toby Kebbell (one of our favorites) from RocknRolla and Prince of Persia is almost set to play Agenor, son of Poseidon and Libya, which would be awesome to see. But that's not all! Actresses on a shortlist for the role of Princess Andromeda are: Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, Captain America), Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young), Janet Montgomery (Black Swan), Dominique McElligott (Dark Floors) and Clémence Poesy (In Bruges, Harry Potter, 127 Hours). I'm for Poesy - I love her!
Other confirmed returning cast members include Gemma Arterton (Io), Ralph Fiennes (Hades) and Liam Neeson (Zeus). Another name they toss into the hat - Bill Nighy, yes, that Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead, Valkyrie, The Boat That Rocked, Rufus Scrimgeour) as Hephaestus, the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. But unfortunately "his participation is far from official at this point." It sounds like Liebesman is doing some impressive casting over there in London, I'm impressed, this is starting to look good based on the cast alone. We'll keep you guys updated!
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
great casting and a better director.
Xerxex on Jan 7, 2011
Why are people so excited that Jonathan Liebesman is directing this? Darkness Falls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Killing Room were all terrible. The early teaser trailer for Battle Los Angeles looks good, but is everyone basing their opinion on him off of a teaser trailer, and forgetting the critically panned movies that he has directed in the past?
Jim on Jan 7, 2011
anything is better than Leterrier, the guys a one trick pony.
Xerxex on Jan 7, 2011
So uh they are RE-casting Princess Andromeda? Why?
Harm on Jan 7, 2011
i'm sorry, but the God of War is named Kratos, check your facts. Clémence Poesy is allways a good adition. I hated the first one though, it was as blant as they come.
Ricardo on Jan 7, 2011
You should check your facts because in Greek mythology he was not even a God. He was not the son of Zeus nor was he Spartan but an actual Titan. Stop getting your facts from video games and read a book for once.
iknowalot on Jan 8, 2011
...but Sam Worthington is STILL the main actor, so irrespective of how many (awesome) supporting actors they hire, it will still be a disappointment because he'll be taking up the majority of the screen time :/
Mr T on Jan 7, 2011
give him a chance, he did a good enough job in the first one.
Xerxex on Jan 8, 2011
What?? He was terrible. Same buzz cut, didn't bother to disguise his "Strine" accent, and read his lines like a block of wood.
voodoo2 on Jan 8, 2011
Ares is my favorite Greek mythological character. They better not screw it up.
Jordan on Jan 8, 2011
# 1, shame on you. "check your facts" come on...check yours.
Ryan on Jan 8, 2011
I am watching Clash of the Titans on HBO right now, and I can not believe I paid money to watch this at a theater. I guess the size of the screen and the loud music/sound effects clouded my judgement, but this looks a lot worse than I remembered. Safe for -some- of the SFX and CGI it really has nothing to offer and might as well be a beefed up Syfy production. The dialog sure was on that level already. In light of this I sincerely hope the sequel will turn out better. I mean, it can't get much worse, can it?
Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011
Great, i loved the first movie. i expect the same from 2.
Spindle on Jan 9, 2011
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