Continuing the stylish look of Zack Snyder’s 300, director Noam Murro’s sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, has just released its first poster. Reminiscent of Snyder’s own 300 film, the poster is pretty impressive, with muscles, a six pack, rain and macho intensity the name of the game here. Why would we have expected anything different?
So, in the last week we have seen the first set of images, some plot details and now the first poster. My guess is there is a trailer brewing!
Here is what we reported on the films characters and plot details last week, courtesy of USA Today:
We already know that the film is a sequel to Zack Snyder’s awesome 300 starring Gerard Butler, but exactly when does it take place, and who is involved? Well, the film takes place pretty much the same time as 300, but instead happens in a number of different locations, including the sea. Basically, it will be 300, but bigger.
However, the makers are keen to keep the small army against a large one, and Murror explained in an interview that “The few against the many is still here. It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.”
He also said of the films different locations “there is a whole different choreography of fighting and war … [It] happens over time in many different locations. The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics.” Murror also stressed that the intention is to tie the film visually with the original.
300: Rise of an Empire’s cast includes Eva Green, who will play Artemisia. Murror explained that Artemisia is “the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, who is second in command to the mortal-turned-god leader Xerxes (Santoro) and has the added incentive of seeking to settle a blood score against the Greeks who killed her family when she was a child.”
Sullivan Stapleton, who stars in the films as Themistocles, said of Green’s role “She does most of Xerxes’ dirty work in this film. She’s seeking revenge, and she does it well, She’s a force to be reckoned with.”
Murro agreed: “She’s got sex appeal, she’s ruthless and conniving. All the things that kill men. And she has a sword. I wouldn’t mess with her.”
Murro then went on to talk about Stapleton’s character Themistocles, and of how his character is different to Butler’s King Leonisas:
“Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he’s a politician. He’s not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It’s a different complexity of character. These people don’t want to fight, they even say that they are not Spartans,” says Murro. “They are common people who have to do this to not be in under the rule of a dictator. This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter. It’s a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavor of 300.”
300: Rise of an Empire is directed by Noam Murro, and written by Kurt Johnstad and Frank Miller. The cast includes Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton, Andrei Claude, Mark Killeen, Rodrigo Santoro and Jack O’Connell.
The film arrives in UK cinemas on 2nd August.