Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for producer/writer Zack Snyder and director Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire. The sequel to Snyder's 2006 adaptation of the acclaimed Frank Miller limited comic book series stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Hans Matheson, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro.
Official Synopsis: 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 -- the sea -- as Greek general Themistokles (Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Themistokles must face the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Santoro) and Artemisia (Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
300: Rise of an Empire is set to arrive in the U.S. in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters early next year, on March 7, 2014.
It looks good, but obviously it's not the same without Gerard Butler. Granted, they did bring back Lena Headey, David Wenham, and Rodrigo Santoro for the sequel, but still... Anyways, I'll still check it out next year.
Am I the only one who felt a slight "Game of Thrones" vibe? As in, towards the end of Season 2? Not because of Headey narrating, but because of the epic naval fight and 100% assurance that a bunch of pawns and soldiers were gonna' get slaughtered in the lights and cameras of cool cinematography?
There are three kinds of people who will enjoy this. 12-year old boys, grown up imbeciles and a handful of gays.
An epic serious large scale production on the subject matter would have been great, a Ben Hur, Spartacus or even Gladiator for the 2010's. Well maybe in 10 or 20 years it'll happen. For now the genre is ruined by movies like Troy, 300, and the upcoming sequel(judging by the trailer)and that piece of crap tv-series Spartacus.