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Noam Murro’s “300: Rise of an Empire” would have been cooler if they called it “301.” I mean, sure, it would be kind of confusing, but cool. Well they didn’t take my advice and ended up calling it “300: Rise of an Empire,” which is weird, because it’s about the fall of the Persian empire, isn’t it? So which empire is “rising” here? See, “301,” kids. That was the smart way to go.
Anyhoo. Check out a new 4-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for the sequel to Zack Snyder’s breakthrough hit. I remember when the film first came out and it blew me away. The fact that they pretty much kept all the aesthetics of the Snyder film for the sequel was really smart on the producer’s part. If you didn’t know any better, you would just assumed Snyder directed this one, too.
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 Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, and Rodrigo Santoro.
It’s war this March 7, 2014.