The new international trailer for director Noam Murro’s “300: Rise of an Empire” sets Greece and Persia on a collision course, as Rodrigo Santoro’s god-king Xerxes pledges, “Nothing will stop the march of my empire.”
While 2007’s “300,” based on the Dark Horse miniseries by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, was filled with testosterone, with Gerard Butler leading the Spartans at Thermopylae, this teaser for Legendary Pictures’ follow-up focuses on the women: “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” actress Eva Green as Artemisia, the only female commander in the Persian navy.
Produced and co-written by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Man of Steel”), “300: Rise of an Empire” also stars Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles, Hans Matheson as Aeskylos, Jack O’Connell as Calisto and Andrew Pleavin as Daxos. The film opens March 7, 2014.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes,” and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistokles 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, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.