A new trailer has been released for 300: Rise of an Empire. The war at sea takes center stage in the new clip. The Greeks and the Persians are both determined and way too confident.
“The oracle’s words stand as a warning. Sparta will fall. All of Greece will fall. And only stout, wooden ships can save them. Wooden ships and a tidal wave of heroes’ blood,” says the Spartan Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey).
Equally convinced, the Persian admiral Artemisia, portrayed by Eva Green, exclaims, “Today we will dance across the backs of dead Greeks. I will attack the Greeks with my entire navy.”
The events in this movie take place during the same time frame as the ones that unfolded in 300. While King Leonidas and his army of 300 are fighting against Xerxes in the Battle of Thermopylae, Spartan warrior Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his band of soldiers go up against the God-King and the ruthless Artemisia on the open seas. The film also provides a back story on Xerxes and how he came to be revered as a god among men.
In an interview with MTV News earlier this year, director Noam Murro spoke about the film’s focus, saying, “Those two characters [played by Stapleton and Green] are at the heart of this movie and are really driving it… You’ll feel Xerxes’ presence, but it’s really Themistocles and Artemisia’s movie.”
300: Rise of an Empire will be released March 7, 2014. The script, inspired by Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, was co-written by Zack Snyder, who directed the first 300 movie. He will also serve as a producer on the new film.[youtube video=”jGEERBDelH8″ /]