A flurry of Greek-themed films rushed into development after 300. In the whirl of swords and togas that are swirling around Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, you may have forgotten that Relativity Media had another version of the Greek Gods in development: War of the Gods, which now seems to be retitled Dawn of War as per IMDB and Moviefone. Set to be directed by Tarsem Singh, War / Dawn centers on the young warrior Theseus, who leads his men into battle with the Greek gods (not against!) in order to defeat the powerful Titans (the gods who came before Zeus & Company) and save mankind.

War of the Gods / Dawn of War boasts Singh, the producers of 300, and the stunning Henry Cavill as Theseus. But he's sat alone and waiting for costars until today, as Variety announced that Frieda Pinto will play Phaedra, an oracle priestess who accompanies Theseus to the front to lend her mystic powers. I imagine her access to the gods won't dissuade her from looking a little favorably on Theseus, though. You don't cast an actress as lovely as Pinto and not let Theseus dream of sharing some watered down wine with her, do you?

But a bigger question might be whether or not anyone will buy a ticket to find out. War of the Gods got underway the same time as Clash, but has been delayed for unknown reasons. While it probably benefits both films to come out months (perhaps even a year) away from one another, War may now be crippled by whatever happens to Clash. Add in that you could suddenly see movement on Warner Bros' Odysseus, Anabasis or that much-discussed and long rumored 300 prequel / sequel, Xerxes, and you have the potential for an overdose of the classics.
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