'Clash of the Titans' was one of the biggest movies of the year, grossing over $160 million at the box office. Some may say that success came from audience's love of blockbuster action or mythological-based special effects or even the explosive 3-D technology. But those people are wrong. The real reason the film was a success came from the nuanced supporting performances of Oscar-nominated actors Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.

Ok, maybe not. But with pre-production already beginning on 'Clash of the Titans 2' -- aka 'Wrath of the Titans' -- producers are looking to get on this year's Oscar-bandwagon early, and cast two of this year's biggest possible nominees for roles on Mt. Olympus, namely: James Franco and Javier Bardem.

Over the weekend, Production Weekly tweeted that Bardem was the rumored casting choice for Ares, the God of War. And Franco is being discussed for the part of Agenor. In Greek myth, Agenor was a king of Phoenicia, and was mainly famous for being the father of children who went on bigger Greek myth adventures. If Franco were to get the part, we imagine the writers would come up with more for him to do.

'Wrath of the Titans' is not set to hit theaters until sometime in 2012, and these rumors are still just that -- rumors. But if Franco and Bardem cap off 2010 with Oscar nominations and parts in the big-budget sequel, they will join a very select fraternity of actors who are so revered, they literally get to play gods. However, they still have a lot of work before they can achieve Neeson's level of pedigree -- the only man in Hollywood who gets to say, "Release the Kraken!"