It’s swords and shields and a whole lot of blood as Gerard Butler and Lena Headey possibly get ready to reprise their royal roles in 300: Battle of Artemisia. Neither Butler or Headey had much big screen experience when they appeared in 300 back in 2006, but both of them have padded their resumes with some very respectable work since then. Producer Bernie Goldmann didn’t let their status at that time get in the way of casting the two as King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo.
“We went and tried to get all these stars in it and nobody believed in the movie,” Goldmann tells Movies.com. “We didn’t have all the money to pay anybody so we had to cast all these unknowns.”
Since then, Goldmann has focused on unknowns for more than just financial reasons. “When you make a period movie like that, it’s great not to know the actors,” he says. “For me, as an audience, it always brings me into the movie more. You can’t see Tom Cruise in a historical movie. You go, ‘That’s Tom Cruise!’”
Butler and Headey don’t classify as unknowns anymore, but that’s okay because 300: Battle of Artemisia will have a new set of main characters, and Goldmann apparently doesn’t mind bringing in a couple of familiar faces that have played the 300 game before. “It’s a different story,” reveals the producer. “[However] there’s a small part for Lena [Headey]. There’s a small part for Gerry [Butler].”
The roles might be there, but Warner Bros hasn’t commented at this time on the possibility of Butler and Headey returning for the sequel, so we’ll have to wait and see if the King and Queen actually do get to show up again.