‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Trailer #2: Eva Green’s Armada vs. Lena Headey’s Army

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:14 pm,

What, exactly, is 300: Rise of an Empire, you ask – a sequel or prequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 comic book movie? Well both, technically-speaking, as the film explores the backstory of Persian leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and reveals how he evolved into a power-hungry megalomaniac decked out in gold jewelry, before it moves ahead in time to Greek general Themistocles’ (Sullivan Stapleton) efforts to form a strong defense against the invading Persian naval forces led by Artemisia (Eva Green), a battle-hardened warrioress with a big chip on her shoulder.

Of course, all this is going on at the same time that King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 Spartans faces off against the Persian’s thousand-strong army on land. Butler won’t be appearing in Rise of an Empire (not alive, anyway), but Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is back as Queen Gorgo and has been a dominant presence in the marketing so far, including the newly-unveiled second U.S. trailer (though, the actress has indicated that her screen time in the film is far more limited than the previews have suggested).

The latest Rise of an Empire trailer even includes a scene between Themistocles and Gorgo, where the latter berates the young commander, afresh from having lost her husband and king on the battlefield. However, much of the footage is composed of CGI-enhanced clashes at sea, Xerxes’ exotic palace surroundings and shots of topless men charging in slow-motion, while Green’s Artemisia plots, schemes and seduces in order to achieve the vengeance she so dearly wants. (Vengeance for what? Well, you’ll have to see the actual movie for that.)

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Rise of an Empire was once against scripted by Snyder and 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad, drawing inspiration from the Xerxes comic book that Frank Miller wrote (following the resounding success of the 300 comic book/movie). Fortunately, it seems as though Snyder and Johnstad have gone beyond Miller’s questionable source material – sorry, but the legendary comic book author hasn’t been at the top of his game for the past decade – and evolved the story into something more compelling than expected.

Bigger question is, will Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro (Smart People) be able to match Snyder’s 300, when it comes to visual prowess and unadulterated brazen spirit? Well, the shorter answer is “probably not,” seeing how the latter was such a revolutionary movie when it first released in 2007 that it continues to cast a shadow over every new film in the swords and sandals genre (see: the upcoming The Legend of Hercules); not an easy act to follow, to say the least.

In fact, that would make the decision to focus on Queen Gorgo and Artemisia all the smarter, where it concerns how to distinguish Rise of an Empire from its predecessor (i.e. by examining feminine power more than masculinity).


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

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  1. Stapleton’s speech doesn’t sound half bad.

  2. i’m happy they are exploring Xerxes, but i also was hoping for Hollywood to finally start showing the power of the Persian empire, not being defeated

    • Oh, we’ll see their power.

      But the defeat of the Persians at Salamis will make for a great movie.

      Read ‘Carnage and Culture’ by Victor Davis Hanson for a superb analysis of the battle.

      • Correction: Battle of Artemisium (duh), not Salamis.

  3. I want this to be good SOOOO BAAAAD! But it just might come off as a mockery of the first one. Great job to the promotional department for the adrenaline fueled trailer.

  4. While I’m glad Zack Snyder produced this flick, I’m not sure how good it will be.

    Regardless, I WILL see this for two reasons: Eva Green AND Lena Headey.

    Now, THAT’s a double feature I’m happy to see.

  5. Looks way more promising than I was expecting. Could be quite a spectacle after all.

  6. I find it so hard to accept Lena Headly as a good character after her great turns in Dredd and GoT where she played evil characters so well

  7. Pretty good trailer, I think. The prequel/sidequel/sequel idea actually seems like an interesting route taken. And the visuals look pretty spot-on in comparison to the first film.

  8. Looks like STARZ Spartacus !!
    Good !

    • you meant to say Spartacus looked like 300.

  9. Looks cool as hell to me! Eva Green looks to be front and center in this which is awesome! Looks like the same style as Zach’s “300” I’ll be there opening weekend!

  10. 300 was sooo good. King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo’s relationship was one of the highlights in that movie. Lena Headley plays the grieving widow so well in this trailer. I’ll watch this. Though I’ve no doubt Eva is a good actress, I can’t help feel Artemisia looks too skinny for a warrior.

  11. 2014 will be strange year for Greek mythology movies:

    First we get “The Legend of Hercules” which feels exactly like a 300 rip-off. Then we get an official 300 sequel and finally another Hercules flick that ripps off both. No wonder the genre is slowly fading into Oblivion. I wonder whether God of War is still going to be made at some point.

    • Yeah, although neither 300 nor its sequel are “mythology”.

      I guess the term would be “stylized history”?

  12. I’m watching this one for sure!

  13. This reminds me of “300”