Inside Movies Breaking Movie News and Scoops | Movie Reviews

Tag: Sullivan Stapleton (1-4 of 4)

Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

Artemesia.jpg

The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back‘s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a vengeful Greek orphan played with relish by Eva Green. The pre-se-side-quel explains her defection to the Persians, as well as her stepbrother’s (Rodrigo Santoro) transformation from heir to the throne into the giant golden god Xerxes after his father is killed in battle.

Snyder co-wrote the script, but he handed the camera to Noam Murro, a commercial actor who also directed Smart People. That 2008 dramedy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page, was short on decapitations and homo-eroticism, but he’s clearly up to speed on both for this assignment. “Murro uses 3-D to up the wow factor even further [than Snyder's razzle-dazzle Spartan bloodfest],” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “There’s so much crimson gore flying off the screen you feel as if you should be wearing a tarp like the folks in the front row of a Gallagher show.”

To paraphrase Leonidas, “This! Is! SPARTA!… Sorta.” Same splashy violence, with a dash of S&M that will surely land Green multiple MTV Movie Award nominations. Click below to see what some of the nation’s leading film critics are saying about Rise of an Empire before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY

'300 Rise of an Empire' trailer: Eva Green lets slip the dogs of war -- VIDEO

The first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the sidequel to Zack Snyder’s 2007 blockbuster about the brave Spartans who died a noble death at the Battle of Thermopylae, let Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo set the tone with her voiceover. In the new clip for the movie, the tables are turned, and Persia’s blood-thirsty naval gladiatrix Artemisia (Eva Green) explains the stakes. “Today we will dance across the backs of dead Greeks,” she says. “I will attack the Greeks with my entire navy.”

…but before that, I will make out with Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), the dreamy Greek general who picks up his sword to avenge the fallen 300 and unite the Greeks against the Persians.

Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Joel Edgerton could play Ramses to Christian Bale's Moses; Plus, Sullivan Stapleton, more

• Joel Edgerton is by no means a newcomer to the movie scene. In the early 2000s alone he appeared in Ned Kelly, King Arthur (as Gawain) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. But it wasn’t till his turn as the stoic MMA fighter in 2011′s Warrior that he really entered our consciousness as a new leading man to take seriously. In addition to high-profile roles in The Great Gatsby (as Tom Buchanan) and Zero Dark Thirty, Edgerton is also slated to appear in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Service. Now, Edgerton is in talks to play Ramses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus, opposite Christian Bale, who is on board to play Moses. Production is expected to start in September and with location shoots in England, Morocco, and Spain. Steve Zaillian, who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List, and has been nominated for his work on Moneyball and Gangs of New York (both of which he shared credits on), did a rewrite on the original script. [THR]

READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Dennis Haysbert takes on Michael Clarke Duncan's role in 'Sin City 2.' Plus: Timothy Olyphant, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Whishaw

• 24‘s Dennis Haysbert is in talks to play Manute in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the role originated in 2005′s Sin City by actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away earlier this year at 54. Haysbert will join Mickey Rourke, Jessica AlbaJaime King, and Rosario Dawsome, who are all reprising their roles in the first film; Jamie Chung is taking over Devon Aoki’s role. As with the first film, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are sharing writing and directing duties on the film, based on Miller’s series of Sin City graphic novels. [THR]

• Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified) will join Kurt RussellPeter SarsgaardRichard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter (Showtime’s Dexter) in Bone Tomahawk, a horror Western about four men who are tasked with saving the prisoners of a band of man-eating cave people. First time feature director S. Craig Zahler also penned the script. [Deadline]

• Giancarlo Esposito (NBC’s Revolution, AMC’s Breaking Bad) has signed onto Poker Night, about a cop who must somehow piece together the stories he’s heard at his regular poker game in order to survive a serial killer with an apparent affection for elaborate mind games. Fellow bad ass character actors Ron PerlmanTitus Welliver, and Ron Eldard costar, along with young up-and-comer Beau Mirchoff (MTV’s Awkward., I Am Number Four). Greg Francis, who made his bones directing true crime documentaries for the Investigation Discovery Channel, will make his feature film directorial debut from his own script. [Deadline]

• Ben Whishaw (SkyfallCloud Atlas) has joined the cast of Lilting, playing the British boyfriend of a Chinese man (Andrew LeungComes a Bright Day) whose sudden death leaves behind a mother (Cheng Pei Pei, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) who does not speak English and feels helpless in the U.K. Writer-director Hong Khaou is making his feature debut with the film. [THR]

Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s True Blood) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) have joined Cut Snake, an Australian thriller about two ex-cons who torch a nightclub while people are still inside it, killing 15 people. (It’s inspired by a true story, awfully enough.) Tony Ayres (The Home Song Stories) will direct from a script by Aussie TV scribe Blake Ayshford. [Deadline]

Read more:
Casting Net: Matt Damon keen on joining George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men.’ Plus: Seth MacFarlane, Jason Clarke, Marcia Gay Harden
Casting Net: George Clooney teaming with Paul Greengrass. Plus: Daniel Bruhl, Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike
Casting Net: Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye. Plus: Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz

Latest Videos in Movies

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP