'300' Sequel Could Have Roles For Gerard Butler And Lena Heady

300Given the events of "300," it's not a shock to hear that King Leonidas won't be playing much of a role in the developing sequel, "300: Battle of Artemisia." But his days on the battlefield aren't entirely over, it seems.

Speaking with Movies.com, producer Bernie Goldmann revealed that "Battle of Artemisia" will focus largely on a new set of characters and actors, but there are "small parts" for Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, who starred in Zack Snyder's war epic as King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo.

But their presence would be much smaller compared to bigger appearances from new lead actors, many of whom are likely to be played by relative unknowns.

"When you make a period movie like that, it's great not to know the actors," the producer said of the Noam Murro directed sequel. "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!'"

Regarding the film's tone, Goldmann's comments indicate that "Battle of Artemisia" would be very similar in style and feel to the original "300."

"The cool thing about '300' was that our point-of-view going into that movie was we don’t have to be historically accurate and we created an incredible amount of freedom in telling a war story," he said. “It became a movie about telling the story to the truth before you go fight a battle and when you tell that story, you’re going to exaggerate because you want to get men fired up to go kill. So you could make the movie operatic.”

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