Alas, goodbye, “300: Battle of Artemisia!” We hardly knew you. Now we must greet our new friend, “300: Rise of an Empire.”
So yes, that’s the story from Warner Brothers, the prequel to the popular “300″ has gotten a new title. You know what I like about the new title? It’s so unspecific. I mean, it’s not “Rise of the Empire,” meaning it’s just about one empire rose–no, it’s “an empire.” It could be any empire. There’s a little bit of an instructional book sound to it, like you might be able to use this film as a sort of guidebook to making an empire rise.
Like its predecessor, “300: Rise of an Empire” is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. The film is supposed to focus on another battle between the Athenians, led by Themistocles, and the Persians, that took place around the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae, which was depicted in “300.”
Noam Murro takes over directing duties from Zack Snyder. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan. It’s set for release on August 2, 2013.