300: Rise of an Empire is an upcoming 2014 American action film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before the events of that film.
The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey, Hans Matheson, and Jack O’Connell. The cast also includes Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, and David Wenham, reprising their roles from the first film. It is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 7, 2014.
The film centers on Themistocles and Artemisia I of Caria, as well as Xerxes I of Persia. The Battle of Artemisium was a naval engagement, concurrent with the battle of Thermopylae, and was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire in September 480 BC, in the straits between the mainland and the northern tip of the island of Euboea (modern Evvia).
The film will probably also focus, in part, on the Battle of Salamis, in which Artemisia played a major role, as well as possibly the Battle of Marathon. The Battle of Salamis (home of the mythical hero Ajax) was fought after the Persian Empire had advanced into southern Greece and occupied Athens.
The film will also cover some of the backstory of Xerxes, and will explain how he became “the God King”.
- Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
- Eva Green as Artemisia
- Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes, Achaemenid King of Persia.
- Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta
- Hans Matheson as Aeskylos
- Andrew Pleavin as Daxos
- Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
- David Wenham as Dilios
- Jack O’Connell as Calisto
- Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes
- Yigal Naor as Darius I
- 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE – Wave of Blood Motion Poster (geektyrant.com)