Movie News in 60 Seconds: '300' Prequel's New Gerard Butler, 'The Hobbit' Adds Connolly and 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Poster

Movie News in 60 Seconds: '300' Prequel's New Gerard Butler, 'The Hobbit' Adds Connolly and 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Poster

Feb 09, 2012

The New Gerard Butler -- Warner Bros. has cast Sullivan Stapleton as the lead in their 300 prequel, 300: The Battle of Artemisia, to be directed by Noam Murro. Stapleton will play Themistocles, a Greek naval warlord who squares off against the big baddie from the original 300, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to reprise the character in the prequel). Stapleton, who was part of that great ensemble from Animal Kingdom, recently watched another cast member from that film, Joel Edgerton, pass up the same role. The film is due to hit theaters in 2013. [Deadline]

Billy Connolly Heads for Middle-Earth -- Nope, they're still not done casting those two Hobbit films, as they decided to squeeze Billy Connolly into the role of Dain Ironfoot. Said director Peter Jackson, "“We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!" [THR]

Seeking a Movie Poster for the End of the World -- Here's your first look at the romantic comedy Seeing a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley as two folks whose lives converge as the world ends. Scope out the poster below, and look for the trailer to arrive soon. Click poster to enlarge. [Yahoo]

 

 

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