‘300: Rise of an Empire’ International Trailer: The Battle at Sea Begins

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 6:59 am,

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have officially gone their separate ways – with the latter taking greater control of its DC properties post-Man of Steel – but there are still a handful of projects waiting in the wings, to be distributed under the watch of both studios. That includes the young adult fantasy novel adaptation Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Chronicles of Narnia alum Ben Barnes as a pair of Medieval warriors battling supernatural creatures – not to mention, the 300 prequel/sequel/whatever installment, titled 300: Rise of an Empire.

Both Seventh Son and Rise of an Empire debuted new footage during the WB panel at Comic-Con last month, after the actual films had been removed from the 2013 release schedule (in favor of theatrical premiere dates in the first quarter of 2014). Unfortunately, those weren’t at the Con will have to wait a little longer to see new material from the 300 project – as the newly-released international trailer is just a truncated version of the first U.S. theatrical promo.

300: Rise of an Empire is based on the “Xerxes” graphic novel – as written by the 300 comic book’s creator Frank Miller – which was adapted into a script by Zack Snyder and his 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad. Snyder’s involvement with the project was negligible after a certain point during pre-production – since he was busy with rebooting the Superman franchise when Rise of an Empire was filming – but the trailers continue to use his name as a major selling point. After all, it’s best to emphasize that the movie was produced by the guy who directed 300 and Man of Steel – as opposed to, having “From Smart People director Noam Murro” as your promotional tagline.

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For those who are confused as to when Rise of an Empire takes place relative to 300: the former will focus largely on the Naval Battle of Artemisium – which took place around the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae in 300 – in addition to exploring what inspired the Persian leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) to invade the major Greek city-states (and the aftermath). The Rise of an Empire trailers have been designed to highlight the film’s immediate connections to events in 300, with footage of Xerxes surveying the bloody fallout of King Leonidas’ (Gerard Butler) last stand – in addition to scenes where Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) rallies the Greeks to take up arms against their invaders.

Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) as the Greek warrior Themistocles and Eva Green (Dark Shadows) as the Persian Navy’s leader Artemisia, are the real stars of Rise of an Empire – along with Santoro reprising as Xerxes – whereas Headey has indicated that she will only appear in supporting capacity, at the most. Frankly, until we get more footage of the actual Rise of an Empire leads in action, it will be difficult to fairly gauge whether or not they can carry the film – though, for his part, Murro seems to have done (if nothing else) a serviceable job replicating Snyder’s filmmaking style from the first movie.


300: Rise of an Empire opens in U.S. theaters on March 7th, 2014.

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  1. meh. but I’d watch it for Eva Green and Lena Headey

  2. This far I am most skeptical of Sullivan Stapleton for the lead.
    Not that it is his fault. Not many actors fit in such a world.
    The style is practically paint by numbers Snyder and
    I have to believe Zack was a hands on producer.

  3. “300” certainly was a game changer in terms of a new kind of visual aesthetic. Not since “The Matrix” had a film been so revolutionary in it’s new visual style. For that alone, Zack Snyder deserves all the credit.

    That said, I’m not so sure about this “quasi” sequel. I know Zack had the last word on this film, but there’s not much I’ve seen about this flick that seems new.

    I’ll see it primarily for Eva Green. AND Lena Headey, who was awesome in “300.” Actually she’s cool in everything she is in.

    Two smokin’ leading ladies in one movie gets my ticket. And it’s a bonus that this flick will be “R” rated. No watered down nonsense.

    • Who would win in a fight/battle Cersei Lannister or Queen Gorgo?
      How about Sarah Connor vs Ma-Ma (Dredd)?
      Lena Headey plays some powerful women.

  4. Eva’s curves are beyond dangerous to lethal
    yet it is her eyes that light up the skies
    that fuel the magic casting her spell.

    • agreed.

  5. I like what I see, but I still don’t understand what’s going on…it’s like a Miley Cyrus video

    • I get your point despite the fact that that I have
      never nor will I ever see a Miley Cyrus video 😀

      • HA! You have saved your life by 4 minutes.

  6. Eva Green is hot, but looking at that screenshot at a glance she bears resemblance to Kristen Stewart, but older

    • Blasphemy 😀

  7. Bernardo Bertolucci who directed Eva in The Dreamers
    described Green as being “so beautiful it’s indecent.”

  8. Sh*te CGI, very meh………Spartcacus Blood and Sand in boats…..

    • Except Spartacus was fantastic and I found myself getting bored during 300. Nice to look at though, the visuals were pretty good.

      I’d watch for Eva Green, I’ve liked her since Casino Royale and been amazed with each movie I’ve seen her in since (she really is somehow strangely overlooked by a lot of moviegoers).

      • Is that Harley Quinn from the
        DC New 52 as your avatar, Dazz?

        And if so does that mean you are in fact a woman?
        Some have called you a guy here and others a gal.

      • You are right about Eva Green too, Dazz.
        She is curiously largely unknown to many.

  9. God, this looks supremely stupid. Now, apparently, Queen Gorgo is leading a squadron of Spartan warships at Salamis… Watch the trailer again, that’s what’s going on. She’s retelling the naval battle aboard a ship, then there’s a very brief shot of her swinging a sword or something, probably like the end of the first 300 with David Wenham screaming and charging at the camera.

  10. Eva can conquer me..