300: Battle of Artemisia
Producer Zack Snyder shows off the first poster for director Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire, starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro.
After more than two years of being referred to alternately as Xerxes and Battle of Artemisia, the follow-up to Legendary Pictures' hit 2007 film 300 finally officially has a title -- 300: Rise of an Empire.
Jack O'Connell, best known for his role on the U.K. teen drama Skins, has joined the cast of director Noam Murro's follow-up to 300. The film opens Aug. 2, 2013.
Rodrigo Santoro, who'll reprise his role as Xerxes, says director Noam Murro's 300: Battle of Artemisia begins filming in July, and confirms the "spin-off" depicts the series of naval engagements that occurred at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae.
Dark Shadows actress Eva Green says that her character in 300: Battle of Artemisia is based on a historical figure, a commander of the Persian naval fleet.
Director Noam Murro's still-untitled follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster 300 will open Aug. 2, 2013, going up against two other comics-based movies: the sequels to The Smurfs and RED. Warner Bros. also carved out May 10, 2013, for Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's hotly anticipated giant-monster movie.
Actor Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to return as the Persian god-king Xerxes in the Warner Bros. follow-up to 300.
British actor Jamie Blackley will play the young leader of a band of soldiers in director Noam Murro's untitled follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster 300.
Sullivan Stapleton, who appeared in the 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom and on the TV series Strike Back, will star in the untitled follow-up to 300. Whether he's playing the Persian leader Xerxes or the Athenian general Themistocles is a little unclear, though.
Joel Edgerton is being courted to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, a prequel based on Frank Miller's upcoming comics miniseries Xerxes.
The follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster, now called 300: Battle of Artemisia, has reportedly narrowed the list of possible successors to Zack Snyder to just two names: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra.