June 12th, 2013   M. 300: Rise of an Empire, Gallery 13 Comments

Taking a clear cue from Zack Snyder’s slo-mo/ramped action, sweeping vistas, big blokes and beautiful woman attitude in 300, the sequel – directed by Noam Murro – finds Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempting to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Set roughly concurrently, (though with some parts after) Leonidas’ battle in the original, this story pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

This time, though, the focus is more on aquatic battle than dusty sand scraps (though there’s plenty of that too). “The challenges are numerous in a sense that as technology develops, what happens is we shot this entire movie dry, meaning there was no water involved,” Murro tells MTV. “You are really in a situation that you have to create a sense that the boats are really moving and sense that they are really in water, but they’re not. It’s a challenge from a technological point of view, from a visual point of view, also for the actors and also for me in terms of trying to simulate what that would feel like.”

And while Gerard Butler isn’t back (save for a brief shot of him lying dead, at least in the trailer), Lena Headey takes a sabbatical from being evil on Game Of Thrones to be heroic as Queen Gorgo, encouraging the troops to triumph in the name of vengeance and justice.

The film is out in the US on March 7 next year.


– Movies > 300: Rise of an Empire > Official Trailer 1

  • George
    Posted on June 12, 2013

    Thanks Mariana. It’s interesting to see Eva playing in an action film

  • spot
    Posted on June 13, 2013

    Finally! It’s amazing to see Eva in an action film wherein she’s doing the actual action sequences. Thank you Mariana 😀

  • np001
    Posted on June 13, 2013

    Thanks Mariana. Eva definitely justifies the role.

  • Salem
    Posted on June 13, 2013

    OH MY GOD !!!! Fabulous, thank you so myuch !! Eva is amazing, and very beautiful ! Great actress !! Cannot wait !!!!!!!

  • Saverio
    Posted on June 13, 2013


  • Antigonus
    Posted on June 13, 2013

    It looks just as silly, overwrought and potentially watchable as the first film. Persepolis looks like some hideous modernist/brutalist Donald Trump development crossed with some Goth/Emo music video (Didn’t the Persians have taste? Was cladding big in the 5th century? The city looks unfeasibly large?). Ms Green really injects every last possible ounce of emphasis into that one sentence. She’s going to bring her ENTIRE navy! Not half or two-thirds. She’s not going to leave a couple of ships behind to run errands, pick the kids up from school, take her grandmother shopping or bring the dogs to the vet…..No she’s bringing her ENTIRE navy (which apparently constituted a grand total of five ships…. and since she was a provincial satrap she was presumably kind of obliged to bring?)…..I know, I know. We should take the movie for what it is rather than making petty points about what it essentially a work of fantasy…..

  • np001
    Posted on June 15, 2013

    Yes, antigonus, the movie looks not so good. But there is hope, There is Eva. She is a great actress. I am pretty sure she will deliver.

  • Reinmar
    Posted on June 15, 2013

    Antigonus, you didn’t expect to learn history lesson from a Hollywood action movie? In this movie Artemisia is apparently portayed as a commander of Persian Navy so when she speaks about an entire navy she surely doesn’t refer to the ships she brought from Halicarnassus but to the entire Persian fleet. And btw thew information that she brought 5 ships from her home state is provided by Herodotus who also states clearly that she wasn’t obliged to even come to the war.
    Anyway I also have some doubts about the commercial potential of the movie but as a big fan of both Eva and the original 300 movie I eagerly await this one. And the first trailer actually looks quite encouraging.

    P.S. As for the depiction of Persepolis – remember it’s not historical Perspepolis, it’ Frank Millers’ Persepolis.

  • AusRotten
    Posted on June 16, 2013

    i like the special effects,frank millers movies are always pretty to look at, i wasnt a fan of the first one, eva looks badass so im stoked bout tha, also lena headey from game of thrones , seems like badass chicks are a driven force in this one and i like that!.any chance I get to see eva on the big screen im totally in!!!wonder if its going to be 3d- :)..

  • Antigonus
    Posted on June 17, 2013

    @np001 @reinmar – I’m not really criticising it. I don’t believe it will be worse than the first one. I wonder whether Herodotus’s sympathetic portrayal of Artemisia was down to the fact that she was from his home city? Good page listing excerpts from Herodotus dealing with Artemisia ….-http://www.stoa.org/diotima/anthology/artemisia.shtml……Can’t find the excerpt about her not being obliged to bring her ships, but I’ll take your word for it. The excerpts do suggest she was an independent monarch, not merely a satrap. Sullivan Stapleton doesn’t look like he worked as hard getting into shape as Gerard Butler did for 300.

  • Ashley
    Posted on June 17, 2013

    Sin City 2 has been pushed back to August 2014! h ttp://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/06/17/sin-city-2-a-dame-to-kill-for-postponed-until-next-year/

  • AusRotten
    Posted on June 17, 2013

    @ashley-aww no way!!!?..that really sucks I was most excited to see eva as eva lord-

  • Saverio
    Posted on June 17, 2013

    Noooooooooooo! 🙁

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