The sequel to the incredibly successful 300 has been stuck in the water works for years. It’s been seven years since Frank Miller’s graphic novel was initially adapted by Zack Snyder into green screen mayhem and slow motion violence, inspiring audience members to Google, “CGI six packs”. It was an intense movie, designed for a very specific demographic. If you’d turned off the sound at the theatre when it was still a new release, you’d be able to hear the testosterone running through the veins of nearly every “dude” in the audience.
Zack Snyder and co-writer Kurt Johnstad deliberated over the script for 300: Rise of An Empire for years until it was finally ready to enter production several months ago. They hired Noam Murro to direct their story, which parallels the original Spartan army’s fight by following Greek General Themistocles (played by Sullivan Stapleton, below) who leads hundreds against hundreds of thousands in the Persian army, led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).
The film also stars Eva Green as Artemesia, a Persian navy captain, Lena Headey returning as Spartan Queen Gorgo, Adrei Claude, Andrew Tiernan, and Jack O’Connell.
It’s set to battle its way through the summer box office when it opens August 2, 2013.