“Barney’s Version” actress and recent “Superman” female lead finalist Rosamund Pike is close to finalizing a deal with Warner Bros to play legendary Greek mythological princess Andromeda in “Clash of the Titans” sequel “Wrath of the Titans”, according to Deadline. She will be replacing Alexa Davalos, who played the role in the first film and is unavailable for the sequel. Both from the same studio, this role takes Pike out of the running for the still unspecified (though rumored to be villainous Ursa) role in “Superman”.
Five lesser-known actresses had previously been reported to be testing for Andromeda, but it appears Warner Bros decided to go for a bigger name, as even names like Gwenyth Paltrow had been tossed around for what is described to be a “major role”. In traditional mythology Andromeda marries Perseus (reprised by Sam Worthington) after he frees her from the sea monster Cetus (Krakken in the film version). However, in the first film, Perseus and Andromeda part ways while he forms a romantic bond with mythical priestess Io (Gemma Arterton also confirmed to be returning) so it is unclear if “Wrath” will attempt to steer the story back towards canon or if there’s a new storyline written for the sidelined princess. Pike will join Worthington, Arterton, also-returning Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and fellow newbies Edgar Ramirez as Ares, the God of War and Toby Kebbell as Agenor.
Pike, a former Bond girl and known to many current audiences as Jane Bennett in Joe Wright’s “Pride and Prejudice”, was also mentioned for a possible role in this summer’s “X-Men: First Class”, that of Moira MacTaggert, a role that went to Rose Byrne. This awards season she won raves for both her performances in “Barney’s Version” and “Made in Dagenham”.
“Wrath of the Titans” begins filming in March under the direction of Jonathan Liebesman.