Joel Edgerton May Scream 'Sparta' in '300' Sequel

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Joel Edgerton proved he could fight in "Warrior." But let's see how he does when there aren't any referees.

The "Great Gatsby" star may soon be preparing his best battle cry as he's in talks to join the cast of "300: Battle of Artemisia," according to Vulture.

Edgerton is being offered the role of Themosticles, the famed general who led the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in 480 B.C. Noam Murro ("Smart People") is directing the new film, with original "300" director Zack Snyder set to adapt the screenplay from Frank Miller's upcoming graphic novel.

"300" was a blast, even if it was set on overdrive (or is that "overkill?") throughout the entire running time. It will be interesting to see what a new director brings to such lusty, bombastic material, especially one whose last feature was a character-driven and decidedly non-action-oriented film.

Meanwhile, Joel Edgerton has come a long way since appearing as the younger Uncle Owen in the "Star Wars" prequels. He's currently shooting his role as Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" and will be seen next year in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" and "Wish You Were Here." You can catch him in theaters now fighting a shapeshifting alien and vaguely flirting with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "The Thing."

"300: Battle of Artemisia" will begin production early next year with a look toward a release date sometime in 2013 -- our guess would be March, as that worked out pretty well for "300" back in 2007.