Following the pass by a desired Joel Edgerton, 300: Battle of Artemisia has gone to different avenues for its casting. As THR tells us, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have entered discussions with Eva Green for the titular role of Artemisia, described as “a ruthless, gold-covered goddess.” In the context of the story, which is based on Frank Miller‘s forthcoming graphic novel, she “persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle” against “Greek forces, who have little training but are under the guidance of a general named Themistokles.”

After years of word that indicated otherwise, Noam Murro‘s film is now being reported as a concurrent storyline to Zack Snyder‘s original, not the prequel we initially assumed. Snyder and his 300 co-scribe, Kurt Johnstad, have written the script, which is still waiting to get filmed — THR says we can expect that to happen in the first quarter of 2012.

People familiar with Green know that she’s not just a terrific actress, but someone who pulls off an incredible feat: using her stunning beauty to the benefit of (and as a supplement to) her own characters. And, going off that brief outline, Artemisia sounds like the perfect role for her to employ that skill. Of course, the film has to actually be any good for this to really matter; that’s a trickier territory to navigate, unfortunately.

Would you be up for Green starring in 300: Battle of Artemisia?

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