Directed by : Noam Murro
Produced by : Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann
Screenplay by : Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Based on : Xerxes (unpublished) by Frank Miller
Starring : Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro
Music by : Tom Holkenborg
Cinematography : Simon Duggan
Editing by : Wyatt Smith
Distributed by : Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date : March 7, 2014
Country : United States
Language : English
MPAA Rating : R
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a UK Trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire.”
In June 2008, producers Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Bernie Goldmann revealed that work had begun on a sequel to 300. Legendary Pictures announced that Frank Miller, who wrote the 1998 comic book limited series on which the film 300 was based, was writing a follow-up graphic novel, and Zack Snyder, co-screenwriter and director of 300, was interested in directing the adaptation, but instead chose to develop and direct the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Noam Murro has signed as the director, while Snyder is set to produce. The film will be centered on the Greek leader Themistokles, portrayed by Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton.
During pre-production, the film was titled 300: Battle of Artemisium (although this was widely misreported as “Battle of Artemisia”); the film was retitled 300: Rise of an Empire in September 2012. Filming commenced early July 2012 at the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria. On May 10, 2013, it was announced the film’s release date would be pushed back from August 2, 2013, until March 7, 2014.
The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
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.
Let “300: Rise of an Empire” hits theaters on March 7, 2014.