First 13 Minutes of 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Attached to February 4 Screenings of 300

     January 30, 2014

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300: Rise of an Empire is scheduled for release on March 7.  To whet fans’ appetites, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have planned screenings of the original 300 February 4 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto, and Montreal.  To make it extra special, the first 13 minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire will screen in 3D IMAX prior to the screening.  It’s a neat and logical promotion.

Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.  Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan star in 300: Rise of an Empire, directed by Noam Murro.

FANS IN TEN MAJOR CITIES WILL BE TREATED TO THE FIRST
13 MINUTES OF “300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE” AT SPECIAL SCREENINGS
OF ZACK SNYDER’S “300” ON FEBRUARY 4

BURBANK, CA – January 30, 2014 – In celebration of the March 7th release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “300: Rise of an Empire,” fans in ten cities in North America will have an opportunity to see the movie that started it all, Zack Snyder’s “300,” returning to the big screen exclusively for this event.

300-movie-poster-one-sheetFans attending the event will also be the first to see the first 13 minutes of the much-anticipated “300: Rise of an Empire,” which will be unveiled—complete and uncut in 3D IMAX—prior to the first film’s screening.

The cities in which the events will be held are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, Toronto and Montreal.

About “300: Rise of an Empire”:

Told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a new battlefield—on the sea.  “300: Rise of an Empire” pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by their God-King Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.”  The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia.  Reprising their roles from “300” are: Lena Headey as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; David Wenham as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes; Andrew Pleavin as Daxos; and Rodrigo Santoro in the role of the Persian God-King Xerxes.  The main cast also includes Hans Matheson as Themistokles’ closest friend and advisor, Aeskylos; Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell as father and son soldiers, Scyllias and Calisto; and Igal Naor as the Persian King Darius.

The film was directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.  Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann produced the film, with Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editors Wyatt Smith and David Brenner, and costume designer Alexandra Byrne.  The music is by Junkie XL.

Opening on March 7, 2014, the film is being released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  “300: Rise of an Empire” is rated R by the MPAA for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language.

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