Do you ever find yourself wondering what happened after 300 brave soldiers sacrificed themselves on the battlefields of Thermopylae, as was depicted in the modern-day graphic-novel film 300? Well, Warner Bros.’ new film 300: Rise of an Empire hopes to further explore the impact of that brave stand, and the studio just dropped the first trailer, which we’re sharing with you below:
Zack Snyder doesn’t direct this 300 follow-up – he was far too busy bringing Superman back to life for Man of Steel – but new director Noam Murro certainly takes pages out of Snyder’s stylebook to expand the range of stories being told in Rise of an Empire. In a sense, this clip reminds me of the recent Clash of the Titans reboot and its sequel. If you enjoyed time spent in those mythical realms, and you want to see slow-motion bloodshed with a bombastic score, this sequel is right up your alley.
A few characters will be back in the fold, as you can tell. Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and David Wenham will reprise their 300 roles, though the story of Empire reportedly is going to take place before, during and after the events of 300. Santoro’s dangerous leader, Xerxes, takes center stage, though it looks like the star of Murro’s sequel will be Eva Green, who slinks sexily through the part of Artemisia.
300: Rise of an Empire will be in theaters on March 7, 2014, so this is a long-lead tease. Expect to see plenty more on the sequel as we get closer to release, but for now, are you ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with these hulking soldiers and march into battle once again?