Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Noam Murro’s action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. The story takes place before, during, and after the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the latter’s control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). This trailer shows more of what we’ve seen from the previous trailers, highlighting the slow-motion action and rousing speeches. I was pleasantly surprised by the extended footage that Warner Bros. showed off at Comic-Con this summer, so hopefully Murro delivers a film that does the legendary Battle of Artemisum justice.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. 300: Rise of an Empire also stars Lena Headey and opens in 3D on March 7, 2014.
The Brits know something about empires. Perhaps that’s why this new U.K. trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire comes in at a brisk sixty seconds, much shorter than previously-released U.S. trailer. This new cut is a much more efficient delivery of both story and spectacle, starting with a stirring speech from Queen
Cersei Gorgo (Lena Headey) aboard a Greek warship bound for battle against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his Persian army. It does a nice job at tying into the events of the original 300 while also introducing newcomers Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green). Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire opens March 7, 2014 in the U.S. and U.K. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton and director Noam Murro spoke to the press about 300: Rise of an Empire, their exciting action adventure based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel, Xerxes. Told in the breathtaking visual style of 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — on the sea — as Greek general Themistokles (Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Santoro), and Artemisia (Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
During the interview, they talked about how the distinct visual style of the first film informed the second one, how technology allowed them to create a world stylistically that wasn’t possible six years ago, the complexity of shooting a naval movie that happens in the water using green screen and creating epic sequences in post, how the cast felt about returning to characters they’d played before, having a strong female role that’s unapologetic, the awesome trailer that blew up all over the internet, Zack Snyder’s involvement, the musical choices that carried over from the first film, and more. Check out the interview after the jump.
The wait for a sequel to director Zack Snyder’s 300 has been lengthy, but the follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire finally hits theaters next year. Director Noam Murro takes the helm this time around, as the pic takes place both before and during the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green). During the film’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con today, Murro took the stage with Stapleton, Green, and Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes) to show off some footage from the pic that actually turned out to be quite promising, not to mention intense. The panelists also talked about the flashback elements of the film and revealing Xerxes’ backstory, Artemisia’s drive for vengeance, shooting the naval battles, differentiating the film from 300, and more.
Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for 300: Rise of an Empire.
Even more Comic-Con posters have been released. Briefly:
- Oldboy – Though director Spike Lee’s remake sadly doesn’t have a panel at Comic-Con this year, FilmDistrict has unveiled this great new poster design for SDCC fans. The film opens on October 25th.
- Seventh Son – The penultimate Comic-Con character poster for this fantasy/adventure film highlights the witch character played by Julianne Moore. The film opens on January 17, 2014.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – Yet another character poster for the action sequel features Eva Green’s principal character. The film opens on March 7, 2014.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
A new batch of Comic-Con posters have been unveiled for some upcoming films. Briefly:
- The LEGO Movie – A teaser character poster for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated film, which opens on February 7, 2014.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – A new character poster for the stylish sequel highlights the character played by Jack O’Connell. The film opens on March 7, 2014.
- Carrie – A new banner for director Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation teases Chloe Grace Moretz’s fiery rage. Click here if you missed our set visit coverage. The film opens on October 18th.
- Seventh Son – The latest character poster for the fantasy adventure pic teases Antje Traue’s (Man of Steel) character. The film opens on January 17, 2014.
Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.
New posters have been released for Kick-Ass 2 and 300: Rise of an Empire. The new Kick-Ass 2 poster continues the trend of just providing close-ups on the lead characters, although on this poster, the photoshop effects have smoothed out of Hit Girl’s’ face to an unsettling degree. As for the 300: Rise of an Empire poster, it’s for Comic-Con and will presumably be given out at Legendary’s booth on the exhibition hall floor. The poster proclaims, “Fear us!” to which I can only respond, “No. I’m not afraid of the tragedy-mask-on-steroids.”
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey. 300: Rise of an Empire opens in 3D on March 7, 2014, and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro. [Update: We've added a Lena Headey 300 poster after the jump as well.]
Everyone at Comic-Con gets a swag bag, and it’s ridiculously big. It’s one of the most visible and ubiquitous objects at the Con, and Warner Bros. has wisely taken ownership of it for years. The bags are always plastered with advertising for the studio’s TV series and upcoming movies, and this year is no different. The studio has announced that this year’s bags will feature the shows Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Revolution, Supernatural, the Vampire Diaries, Teen Titans Go!, and the classic Batman TV series. On the movie side, attendees can wear advertising for Godzilla, The LEGO Movie, and 300: Rise of an Empire. Furthermore, the bags have detachable capes, a feature I can only respond to with this.
Hit the jump to check out images of the TV series bags/capes. Please note that the bags can be cumbersome, but they also make for good seating on the grass next to Hall H. The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 18 – 21st.
The first trailer for director Noam Murro’s sequel 300: Rise of an Empire has been released online. If you loved the first movie for all of its oiled-up muscles, slow-motion battles and endless bloodletting, then it looks like the sequel is going to be right up your alley. The trailer, expertly narrated by Lena Headey during what appears to be the aftermath of 300′s ultimate battle, reveals that the look and tone of Rise of an Empire appear to be quite consistent with the original. This time around, however, we get new looks at Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) on his home turf, General Artemisia (Eva Green) in all her fury and leagues upon leagues of sea battles. And if I’m not mistaken, is that some dialogue from Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan) we hear?
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire opens on March 7, 2014.
We’ve got a new poster for director Noam Murro’s 300 sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire which features star Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) in military dress in front of a bloody wave. That about says it all. Co-written by Zack Snyder, 300: Rise of an Empire features a sea battle between the Greeks and the invading Persians, with Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton) leading his soldiers against the vast army of the self-proclaimed god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his own general, Artemisia (Eva Green).
Also starring Lena Headey and David Wenham, 300: Rise of an Empire opens March 7, 2014. Hit the jump to view the new poster and be sure to check back here tomorrow for the sequel’s new trailer.
One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates:
- Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014.
- 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date. The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007.
- The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013.
- Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky‘s animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Mere moments after a new trailer dropped for director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the multi-hyphenate took to Twitter to debut the first poster from another of his upcoming projects, 300: Rise of an Empire. Snyder will be producing the sequel; at the helm is Noam Murro (Smart People). We know that the sequel to 300 will feature a sea battle between the Greeks and the invading Persians. Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) steps into the sandals this time as Greek general Themistocles, who leads his soldiers against the vast army of the self-proclaimed god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his own general, Artemisia (Eva Green).
300: Rise of an Empire, also starring Lena Headey, opens August 2nd. Hit the jump to check out the poster and be sure to take a look at these previously released images from the film if you haven’t already.
Feast your eyes on the latest images from the following films opening later this year:
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Yesterday’s new image featured the Everdeen sisters, but today’s focuses on Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Starring Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – We got our first look at the 300 sequel just a few days ago and today brings our first glimpse of Eva Green as the film’s antagonist, Artemisia. 300: Rise of an Empire opens August 2nd.
- R.I.P.D. – Today’s first look at the comic adaptation about two undead gunslingers features Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and their weapons of choice. R.I.P.D. opens July 19th.
Hit the jump to view all of the new images.
The first images from director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire are now available. We get a close-up of Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) who stars as Themistocles, a Greek general who battles against the invading Persian army. The sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 takes place at roughly the same time but will visit a variety of different locations (including the sea) and showcase appropriate tactics as the outnumbered Greeks attempt to defend their homeland.
Also starring Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Lena Headey, 300: Rise of an Empire opens August 2nd. Hit the jump to check out the pictures and quotes.
The official Facebook page of the comic book sequel 300: Rise of an Empire was updated with a new image showcasing the film’s title in typical Spartan fashion. The title image shares many similarities with its predecessor, the Gerald Butler blockbuster 300, but fails to offer any new information aside from indicating that they intend to stick to this title (the follow-up was previously called 300: Battle of Artemisia). 300: Rise of an Empire is set to hit theaters August 2nd 2013 and stars Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton, and is loosely based on the comic ”Xeres” by Frank Miller. Hit the jump for the full res image and for more information on the spin-off/sequel.