Put aside any thoughts you may have of Spartan warriors petting kittens or getting on with their crochet projects: THIS! IS! The new trailer for 300 follow-up Rise Of An Empire, and it comes loaded with bloody, sweaty, steel-clashing imagery and imperious voice-overs. And, er, Ozzy Osbourne.
With warrior King Leonidas and his brave soldiers dead, we follow what happens when Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) swears vengeance in the name of the mourning Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey, who soon picks up weapons of her own) and takes up arms against a sea of invading Persians and by opposing, ends them - he hopes.
There’s also something of an origin story for Persian god-wannabe Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who himself deals with the death of his father by falling under the ambitious influence of naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green), dabbling in dark powers and becoming the powerful, crazed, golden monster we first met in 300.
Boasting a cast that also includes Hans Matheson, David Wenham (back from 300 as Dilios) and Jack O’Connell, 300: Rise Of An Empire is out on March 7.