’300′ Spin-Off Won’t Feature Gerard Butler

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Ever since news broke that Warner Bros. was developing a spin-off of their 2006 hit 300, details on the project have been hard to come by. The original film launched both director Zack Snyder and star Gerard Butler onto the A-list.

We already knew that Snyder would be too busy wrapping up Man of Steel to helm the new project, though he did co-write the script. Now it seems that Butler won’t be involved either.

The Scottish-born actor – whose surfing drama Chasing Mavericks is released in October – recently discussed the tentatively titled 300: Battle of Artemisia with MTV News, who asked if he would reprise his role as fearless Spartan King Leonidas.

Here’s what Butler had to say:

“Oh, yeah, I’m not doing it. They’re filming [the '300' sequel] right now. I wish them the best, but it didn’t [work out]. It wasn’t really my thing.”

Until now, it had been long-rumored that Butler might have at least a cameo in the film, especially given that the story takes place concurrently with the events of the original 300. Based on Frank Miller’s Xerxes graphic novel, the film centers largely on the Persian ruler played by Rodrigo Santoro in 300 and features new characters like Greek general Themistocles and Persian naval commander Artemisia.

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Eva Green (Casino Royale) is attached to take on the latter role, and with Butler officially not involved in the production, she is the biggest name currently attached. This may well leave the task of luring fans back to theaters on Santoro’s shoulders, as his flamboyant villain is likely to be the only major returning character from the original film.

Butler was still a rising star when 300 became a box office sensation. So perhaps this spin-off – directed by Noam Murro (Smart People) – could provide a similar boost to Santoro’s career. That all may depend on whether or not fans are willing to revisit this world without the fierce warrior that inspired men everywhere to bellow out “This is Sparta!” at a moment’s notice. We’ll find out next summer.

300: Battle of Artemisia will storm into theaters on August 2nd, 2013.

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Source: MTV News

TAGS: 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, xerxes

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  1. Maybe he can get typecast in something respectable.

  2. This is Stupid, You cant have a 300 movie without Gerald Butler in it. I hate it when Actors decide on stupid decisions or even Producers because of $$$ Decisions. Wonder what other cast from the origional film will helm their role in this one?

    • I imagine it was a scheduling conflict, but I’m sure this movie will suck even if Gerard Butler were in it

    • yes,but this story is another one,they are not fighting with the 300 spartans. the events happening at the same time but those greek-spartan troops are fighting and defending other greek territories against the big army of xerxes.

  3. Yeah 300 was a one off, they should just leave it at that

    • Agreed. I don’t have much interest in the sequel/spin-off either.

  4. Well, since Butler was killed in 300 he really can’t be the main star in sequel. It’s not a prequel and who wants to see flashbacks through a whole movie. And 300 is loosely based on history. So, I don’t think it’s stupid.

    • exactly,they all want butler-leonidas but his story is told,the war events just happening at the same time.

  5. Did anyone actually like 300? I mean apart from Butler’s Sparta catch line.

    • it is on my top ten fav.movies list,it´s nr.3.

    • Yes.

  6. Everything about this film sounds like it should be a direct to DVD release…
    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed 300. I thought it was visually outstanding but like others have said I would rather it stay as a stand alone film then get a watered down sequel.
    IMO this would be like a Sin City sequel without Robert Rodriguez directing. It just wouldn’t work IMO. You’ll end up getting something like the movie Frank Millar directed. I forget the name of the movie and I know it wasn’t a sequel to Sin City but I think people will get my point…

    • OH you mean ‘The Spirit’ yeah agreed that’s definitely forgettable.

  7. this is not a direct sequel to 300,this time these are other spartan/greek warriors,there weren´t just the 300 spartans. why should they not make a movie about more battles against the persian troops? i don´t understand that so many don´t want to see it. i.m.o. there can be made more movies about the greek-myth. and battles.

  8. just one last statement to 300:battle of artemesia. it is a spin-off,and that means that one characters story from 300 will be told,and that is xerxes. the 300 spartans are dead. maybe some haven´t understand that point.

  9. Wonder what other cast from the origional film will helm their role in this one?

  10. Dear Hollywood,

    Please oh please stop the sequel madness!

  11. Hey im a huge Butler fan & as well of 300.
    btw if you really watch the last scene in the movie 300…whr the rest of the Spartan army wil take on the Persians after the death of the 300. It was already made with an intention for the sequel or a spin off….imo i wouldn’t really be interested to watch the movie without Gerard butler…i hope it wont turn out a spoof movie instead.

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