‘300’ Sequel Previews Water Battles, Sullivan Stapleton In New Photos

Madness? This is not madness. These are Sparta’s neighbors!

A first look at photos from “300: Rise of an Empire,” the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s “300,” has gone online courtesy of USA Today, highlighting new leading man Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, the Greek general leading soldiers out to sea against the Persian army.

In addition to new photos from the “300” sequel, USA Today’s piece features interviews with the stars and director Noam Murro about how “Rise of an Empire” differs from its predecessor. According to Murro, the film “is tied visually to the original,” but the added component of sea battles opens the film up to “a whole different choreography of fighting and war.” Additionally, the film takes place “over time in many different locations,” as opposed to the almost claustrophobic setting and pacing of the original “300.”

“The few against the many is still there,” Murro revealed. “It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.”

Check out the full article for more on “Rise of an Empire,” including details on Eva Green’s vengeful Persian commander, Artemesia.

“300: Rise of an Empire” hits theaters on August 2, 2013.

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