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First Stills From 300: Rise Of An Empire
Empires. Will. Rise.

09 April 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: USA Today

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The original 300 came out in cinemas back in 2006, earning $456 million worldwide off a $75 million outlay, leading many to presume a sequel/spin-off would be on the way pretty damn sharpish. Seven years later and Zack Snyder's topless bro-fest is finally getting another crack of the whip with prequel/paralleloquel 300: Rise Of An Empire - and here's the first still to prove it.

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Arriving online via USA Today, it's not the most revealing image in the world, showing as it does a group of oiled-up warrior folk on what looks like some sort of bridge/boat thing. This makes sense, considering this time water will feature heavily in the many battles Rise Of An Empire boasts.

At one point, Rise Of An Empire was known as 300: Battle Of Artemesium, which refers to part of the campaign, and shouldn't be confused with the Persian naval commander Artemesia. The character of Artemesia is front and centre, however, and she is played by The Dame To Kill For herself, a.k.a. Eva Green, a.a.k.a. the woman who broke Bond's heart in Casino Royale. Her character is described as “the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.” Expect plenty o' revenge, then. 

Instead of our man Mr. Butler, the lead will be played by Sullivan Stapleton (an Aussie actor arguably best known for his work in Animal Kingdom) as Greek general Themistokles, who'll be dealing with an "aquatic setting” with the "completely new dynamic” you'd expect to come with that. Check out a closer look at him in the still below.

And instead of Snyder comes relative newcomer Noah Murro, who has shared the following words with USA Today about the project:

"[Rise Of An Empire] happens over time in many different locations. The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics... The few against the many is still here. It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics."

August 8, 2013 is the date to mark in your diaries for 300: Rise Of An Empire, as that's when it's coming out.


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It reeks alright... More

Posted by bradcam72 at 15:03 on 10 April 2013 | Report This Post

Uncalled for!
I actually much prefer the Spartacus series and Immortals to 300, they are both style over substance but I've always felt that Snyder's uninspired graphic novel adaption was pretty awful stuff. I found it a brainless bore and genuinely feel that this cash in sequel is completely uncalled for and bound for disaster. More

Posted by dannyfletch at 21:40 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

It's...
...not sweaty enough More

Posted by marxeffect at 17:08 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Being picky
A 300 sequel in a post-Spartacus world? That show took the 300 format and ran with it, turning out something 10 times better. This looks and sounds like a bargain basement episode of Spartacus. More

Posted by TomTron at 15:23 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

Being picky
300 came out in 2007, not 2006. More

Posted by talcum.daddy at 13:19 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

MB2 - Lets not forget that Snyder and Butler were fairly unknown prior to 300, but I agree it's not really a sequel anyone asked for. More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 13:17 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

Losing Butler and Snyder means this reeks of cheap cash-in. And when the original wasn't exactly renowned for it's artistic credibility then I see a turkey on the cards. More

Posted by MB2 at 13:12 on 09 April 2013 | Report This Post

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