Body piercings, epic choirs over rock music, uber-violence and abs that would make Ryan Gosling's abs blush can only mean one thing: a new trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire."
While Gerard Butler's Leonidas won't come back for the new movie because of the slight handicap of — spoiler alert — being dead, his wife Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey), still sore about said death, wants revenge on Xerxes, leader of the Persians who killed him. She asks hunky Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) to do battle for her, uniting the Greeks in the process.
Rodrigo Santoro also returns from the first film to play the still-alive Persian god-king Xerxes, replete with golden short shorts and more body piercings than a punk concert.
But really, we shouldn't be talking about plot when it comes to a "300" trailer. As a foreboding voiceover by newcomer to the series Eva Green
spells out, these movies are about "The ecstasy of steel and flesh. The sweat of muscle and rage."
And there is plenty of all of the above, with almost every shot of the trailer featuring shirtless warriors with bulging muscles and massive swords.
While "300" focused on a — relatively — small setting, it is clear that the sequel intends to up the ante, featuring huge naval battles and burning cities.
Still, "Rise of an Empire" will keep up with its predecessor, delivering on the slow-motion scenes Zach Snyder made famous, the epic choir-rock score meant to inject adrenaline straight to your brain, and, most of all, beautiful people with perfect bodies beating the crap out of each other.
You can fully satiate your Greek bloodlust when "300: Rise of an Empire" opens nationwide March 7.