Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that 300: Rise of an Empire will now be released March 7, 2014 instead of August 2013. The move makes sense as there hasn’t been that much marketing outside of some images, and 300 had a lot of success in March 2007.
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, said:
“Moving ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ to March 7 continues in the tradition of the first ‘300,’ and kicks off the Spring movie-going season in epic style. The film is on track to become all that audiences have come to expect from the franchise.”
The film is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, who died battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton). The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the Battle of Artemisium, which took place around the same time as The Battle of Thermopylae which we saw in 300.
Eva Green (Casino Royale) will play Artemisia, a ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his army and helps lead them into battle. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing and and said “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.”