Casting Notices for 300 Sequel, Intersection, and The Hobbit

Sullivan Stapleton in Strike Back TV SeriesThree bits of casting notices tonight:

The first major one has Sullivan Stapleton, star of the Showtime action-adventure series “Strike Back” in negotiations to play the lead in Warner Bros.’ “300” prequel/sequel “Battle of Artemeiia”, though apparently the sequel is now looking for a new title, and no one is quite sure what it is anymore.

What remains the same, though, is that the film will focus more on the villain of “300”, Xerxes, which woudl mean Stapleton is up for Xerxes, right? Not necessarily, as it turns out. Wrap your mind around this from Variety:

Stapleton wouldn’t necessarily be playing Xerxes, as was originally thought. Sources say the film, originally rooted as a prequel, is neither a prequel or a sequel and that the filmmakers are still figuring out its positioning.

Yeah, apparently no one knows what the hell is going on, just that Stapleton is in talks for the male lead, and let’s just leave it at that.

The Aussie (who plays an American on “Strike Back”, natch) has been in the well-received “Animal Kingdom”, and has Ruben Flesicher’s period drama “The Gangster Squad” coming out later this year.

Jaime Alexander

Meanwhile, “Thor’s” Lady Sif, aka Jaime Alexander has landed another gig, and this one will involve less swordplay and gunplay than previous roles, though not necessarily less killing.

Alexander will play the female lead in EuropaCorpa’s Morocco-set thriller “Intersection,” which will also star Frank Grillo (“The Grey”). Alexander will play the wife of Grillo’s character, who plots to kill her man with her lover’s help, but “the plan goes awry when the lover and husband are involved in a car accident on a remote desert road.” Oh, complications.

Alexander has “Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger coming out next year, and apparently beat out Brooklyn Decker and Gemma Arterton for the role.

And finally, if you thought Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” had finished casting, since, well, they’re already shooting and have even delivered a trailer and all, you’d be wrong.

The production has officially added Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly to the cast. Connolly would play “Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield.” With Connolly in the fold, we’re told the film’s casting is now complete. Probably.

Billy Connolly has credits as long as your arms (and both legs), but action fans may recognize him as the father of the murderous Boondock Saints boys from Troy Duffy’s films.

Billy Connolly