by TJ Dietsch
Between roles in Casino Royale and Kingdom of Heaven, Eva Green has played some pretty tough women. While her upcoming role as Angelique Bouchard in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows flexes a few different muscles, she’ll return to the realm of ass-kicking ladies in Noam Murro’s follow-up to 300, which may or may not be subtitled Battle of Artemisia.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Green dropped a few hints about her character Artemisia, noting that the character is based on an person from history. “She’s a commander of the Persian armada,” she said. “So she fights – she’s like a man.” The actress went on to say, “She’s another very, very strong woman that has some balls, that’s for sure.”
Directed by Murro from a script by 300 collaborators Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, the follow-up initially was touted as a prequel based on Frank Miller’s forthcoming Dark Horse miniseries Xerxes, which takes place 10 years before Thermopylae. However, there are now indications that the film is neither a prequel nor a sequel, and could instead chronicle the Battle of Artemisium, a series of naval engagements that took place simultaneously with the more famous Battle of Thermopylae depicted in 300. The film is set for an Aug. 2, 2013, release.