We’re finally getting some details on the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder‘s film, 300. The new film, 300: Rise of an Empire is being directed by Noam Murro and stars Sullivan Stapleton as the Greek general, Themistocles. It has his army battling the Persian armies on land, as well as by sea in the film.

Below we have our first images from the sequel, as well as some plot details that Murro revealed in a recent interview with USA Today.




Murro draws a distinction between Themistocles and his warriors versus that of Gerard Butler’sKing Leonidas and his elite soldiers:

“Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he’s a politician. He’s not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It’s a different complexity of character. These people don’t want to fight, they even say that they are not Spartans,” says Murro. “They are common people who have to do this to not be in under the rule of a dictator. This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter. It’s a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavor of 300.”


Stapleton and Murro talked about Green’s character in turn:

“She does most of Xerxes’ dirty work in this film. She’s seeking revenge, and she does it well,” says Stapleton. “She’s a force to be reckoned with.”

Murro: “She’s got sex appeal, she’s ruthless and conniving. All the things that kill men. And she has a sword. I wouldn’t mess with her.”


300: Rise of an Empire also stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Lena Headey. The film is due out August 2nd.