Just a day after Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first official movie poster, we have an epic first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to 2006 action film 300.
Filmed in a graphic-novel style it looks a lot like its predecessor, so if you loved the relentlessly violent first movie it seems the sequel is going to be right up your alley.
Check out the trailer below:
Games of Thrones actress Lena Headey provides the opening voice-over narration, followed by images from the original 300. She returns as Queen Gorgo, now the widow of Leonidas (played by Gerard Butler) who led an army of 300 Spartan men against the invading Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae.
The trailer also reveals battle scenes between the Persian king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his only female commander Artemisia (Eva Green) against Athenian general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton). There’s some very impressive the sepia-toned and blood-drenched visual effects that can get you interested in seeing what this movie is all about.
The Noam Murro-directed prequel co-stars Hans Matheson as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Callan Mulvey as Scyllias and Andrew Tiernan plays Ephialtes.
Snyder has returned as a producer for the graphic novel sequel and co-wrote the film with Kurt Johnstad.
300: Rise of an Empire opens in US theaters on March 7, 2014, while a UK release date has yet to be confirmed.
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.