Formerly titled Xerxes and then 300: Battle of Artemesia, the Noam Murro-directed movie prequel gets a new poster which features Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) as Greek general Themistocles in front of a bloody wave.
This new chapter of the epic saga is based on Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel ‘Xerxes’, and adapted by Snyder himself and Kurt Johnstad (300, Act of Valor).
The plot follows the Athenian leader Themistokles who attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the Persian War. The effort pits him against the massive invading enemy forces led by the self-proclaimed god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and his own general Artemisia (Eva Green), a vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Co-starring Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan, 300: Rise of an Empire has been pushed back from this summer to March 7, 2014.
Here’s the synopsis.
After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.