Clash of the Titans Sequel Gives Perseus a Son, Ditches Gemma Arterton

If you thought watching the delightfully English Gemma Arterton battling an assortment of wacky creatures in the first “Clash of the Titans” was aces, and was hoping she’d back for a sequel, then you’re probably out of luck. Or hey, she could do a cameo, but from the sounds of this press release announcing the start of production on the sequel, Arterton is out, and Rosamund Pike is in.

(The sequel was originally thought to be called “Wrath of the Titans”, but they may just be going with “Clash of the Titans 2″ as it turns out. Of course, they could always add the “Wrath” part by the time the film’s 2012 release date nears, so we’ll see.)

Here is the sequel’s plot (via Collider):

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius.

Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.

Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

It also looks like the sequel will bring back Andromeda (now played by Pike) as the main love interest. Andromeda was supposed to be Perseus’ love interest in the first movie, too, but post-production editing changed it to make Io (Gemma Arterton’s character) into Perseus’ main squeeze, which left Andromeda sorta just wandering around doing nothing in particular. It’s odd that they’ve decided to go back to her. I wonder if Arterton decided not to come back?

Jonathan Liebesman, fresh off the battlefield of “Battle: Los Angeles”, takes over directing chores for Louis Leterrier. Aside from Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson returns as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades.

The 3D sequel lands March 30, 2012.