USA Today has posted the first two pics from the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow up to 2007’s 300 based on the Frank Miller graphic novel.
This new film is directed by Noam Murro (Smart People) and is a parallel story to 300 focusing on the Battle of Artemisium, which historically took place at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae, which was the climactic finale of 300. The story will follow Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his common man troops as they fight the rest of the Persian army at sea. Stapleton is pictured above.
The article says: “In this case, the mightiest power is primarily led by Artemesia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, who is second in command to the mortal-turned-god leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). She has the added incentive of seeking to settle a blood score against the Greeks who killed her family when she was a child.”
Murro tells USA Today that the sequel:
“happens over time in many different locations,” says Murro. “The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics.”
300: Rise of an Empire will hit theaters on August 2