300: Rise of an Empire is an upcoming 2014 action film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2006 film 300, taking place before, during, and after the events of that film. It is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 7, 2014. The composer for the film is Junkie XL.
Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)
Genres: Action, Drama
Release Date: 07 March 2014
After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
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Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo
Eva Green as Artemisia
Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes
Andrei Claude as Persian General (rumored)
David Wenham as Dilios
Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
Despite losing director Zack Snyder, “300: Rise of an Empire” director Noam Murro looks to have turned in a film that matches the original’s unique look, striking visuals, and penchant for slow-motion and ultra-revealing Spartan garb. People who wanted to see more “300” will indeed see more “300”! The film follows the 2007 adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ “300” by Frank Miller.
It looks like the film takes place concurrently with the first one, focusing on the Battle of Artemisium instead of the Battle of Thermopylae, which was the focus of the first film. The Battle of Artemisium was comprised of naval battles, hence the trailer’s abundance of ships ramming into each other and bloody bodies falling into the ocean.
Director Noam Murro told MTV, “The idea of this movie was always that it takes place at about the same time of the first one.
“It’s as if you zoomed out and saw a bigger time frame and told a bigger story of what happened in 300. The first movie speaks to the detail of this sequel.”