300: Rise Of An Empire - Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Reported by Outsiders - 2014.02.04
Featuring a bit of new footage, the just-released featurette for the upcoming "companion film" to Zack Snyder's "300" promises at least two things that moviegoers should be prepared to see after buying a ticket on March 7th: "Death and destruction."
Described by producers as "not a natural sequel" but as "the second floor" of an "incredible house", "300: Rise of an Empire" takes a different perspective of the ancient war between the Greeks and Persians, zeroing on the simultaneous sea invasion that threatened the Greek capital city of Athens. The fight was fought between naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green) who led the mighty Persian fleet and Athenian General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) who commanded the Greek navy.
The film, this time helmed by veteran commercial director Noam Murro, will also flashback to Xerxes' backstory, where moviegoers will get to see how he became the "god king." In addition, they'll get to see why Greek-hating Artemisia is so bent on revenge (hint: she watched her whole family killed by --- you guessed it -- Greeks).
After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
300: Rise Of An Empire stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, David Wenham