The movie “300: Rise of an Empire” may be the follow-up to the hit 2007 fantasy-action movie “300,” but it takes a totally different turn.
While the defenders in the original movie were the Spartan warrior race, the defenders in the new movie consist of totally ordinary people: bakers, potters, and poets—people who don’t necessarily see the world the same way but come together for a common cause: to ward off the mammoth Persian invasion.
And unlike the original in which all of the fighting takes place on land, much of the combat sequences in the new movie will be on water—on heaving decks of ships at sea.
Directed by Noam Murro, the movie pits the Greek general Themistokles (played by Sullivan Stapleton) against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, who reprises the role from the original movie), and led by Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
The movie “300: Rise of an Empire” is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes.” Miller also wrote the graphic novel “300,” from which the 2007 movie was adapted.
Screenwriter John Kohnstad said he wanted the movie to “stand alone, so you won’t need to have seen the first movie to follow the second.”
“The movie ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ runs on parallel tracks that, every now and then, weave together [the first movie],” Kohnstad said. “Not having to focus solely on Sparta, we were able to widen the lens and involve the other Greek city-states, particularly Athens, which is at the tipping point of democracy.”
Murro said the idea was to create a second story within the first movie.
“Thematically, it is in a similar historical context, so it intersects with ‘300,’ while coming from a different perspective that is just as engaging,” Murro said.
Explores the story of 300 from the battle at sea between Themistocles and Xerxes’ Naval Commander, Artemesia.
This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Sequel to the hit film 300 (2007). Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Miller says the new project begins about 10 years before the events of 300.
“It’s not a prequel or a sequel,” says director Noam Murro told USA Today. “It’s a different perspective and characters in the battle between the Persians and the Greeks.”
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