Jamie Blackley Lands the Other Lead Role in '300: Battle of Artemisia'
After some confusion a little over a week ago, it was revealed that Animal Kingdom star Sullivan Stapleton had landed the lead role of Themistocles in 300: The Battle of Artemisia, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's 300 that may or may not be a prequel, sequel or an interquel (a film that would take place at the exact same time as the original adaptation). All was right with the world again when it was also revealed that Rodrigo Santoro was in talks to return as Xerxes, and now Deadline has word that London Boulevard actor Jamie Blackley has landed the role of Calisto, one of the other lead roles in the film from director Noam Murro.
The character is a teen whose desire to become the heroic man/soldier his father was leads the 16-year old to become a leader of a small band of soldiers. It's not clear how this group of warriors will come into contact with Themistocles, but I'm betting they'll both end up tackling Xerxes at some point. Blackley is an up and coming star who can next be seen in Snow White and the Huntsman in a small supporting role, and this could very well be the performance that launches his career even further. However, the film will have a lot to prove to fans who more than enjoyed the adaptation of 300.
300 was a unique movie experience that should have been a B movie, but instead it landed in all the right places at just the right time. Let it be; it cannot be replicated.
Hattori Hanzo on Feb 17, 2012
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