Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton has signed on to star in Kriv Stenders' thriller "Kill Me Three Times".
Stapleton was attached to this project earlier in the year, but the film has endured some hefty delays and possibly a shifting cast.
Fellow Aussies Abbie Cornish and Ben Mendelsohn also were attached, though it is currently unclear whether they still are.
In other Stapleton news, the rising star can next be seen in "300: Rise of an Empire,"
Neither a sequel nor a prequel to 2006's "300," the story in "Rise of an Empire" takes places at the same time, though, this time the battles take place at sea.
Stapleton plays Themistocles, and David Wenham returns as Dilios.
Rise of an Empire is expected to hit Oz cinemas 6 March & US cinemas 7 March.
Walking the line between savvy statesman and battle-hardened soldier, this Greek general has no illusions about what motivates men, kings or gods. He knows well how the game is played.
A master strategist, Themistokles holds an unflinching vision for the glory of Greece and will do whatever it takes to realize that vision—whether leading the charge on the battlefield or subtly working his influence behind the scenes.
Now, facing the onslaught of the massive Persian navy, he may be outnumbered but not out-maneuvered. Knowing there's more at stake here than his life and the lives of his men, he will gamble everything on a daring plan that could seal the fate of Greece and the future of democracy.
Sullivan Stapleton takes on the nuanced role and describes Themistokles as a "people person," just one of the many facets that make up this richly developed character—a man of wit and persuasive charm, as well as steely determination.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.