"300: Rise Of an Empire," the follow-up to the 2006 action movie "300," had its first trailer released online this week, a full nine months before the film is set to hit theatres in March 2014.
The riveting, action-packed war film, based on the events before, during, and after the ancient Battle of Thermopylae – the subject of "300," will likely rival its predecessor with its highly visual action sequences that give an almost comic book, yet realistic, feel to the film.
"300: Rise Of an Empire" centers on the Battle of Artemisium, a naval engagement that took place in September 480 BC between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire.
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The battle, which proved to be a Persian strategic victory though many historians view it as a tactical stalemate, saw some 271 Greek ships attempt to protect their homeland against 800 invading Persian ships. Approximately 100 Greek ships and 200 Persian ships were lost during the sea battle.
In addition to the mesmerizing battle sequence, the film will also cover some of the backstory of Xerxes, and will explain how he became "the god King,"
Entertainment Weekly reports.
In "300: Rise Of an Empire," Rodrigo Santoro returns as the unnaturally tall and scantily clad, King Xerxes of Persia, whose gold jewelry would rival that of Mr. T. Eva Green, of Casino Royale fame, is introduced as Artemisia, a commander in the Persian Navy who leads the assault against the Greeks.
Game of Thrones' Lena Headey also reprises her role as the strong-willed and beautiful Queen Gorgo of Sparta.
Noam Murro directed the film, taking the place of Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote "300."
At the time the film was being made Snyder was occupied on the soon to be released Superman film, "Man of Steel," which will hit theatres Friday.
Snyder, however, did co-write the screenplay for "300: Rise Of an Empire" and was a producer on the movie.
The film's predecessor, "300," grossed more than $450 million at the box office worldwide, with U.S. filmgoers shelling out just over $210 million during its 18 weeks on the big screen, while international audiences spent $245 million to see the film. In its opening weekend alone, the movie took in $70 million
, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Originally set to be released in 2013, "300: Rise Of an Empire" has a scheduled release date of March 7, 2014.
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