‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Photos with Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles

Director Noam Murro reveals that this new action-adventure has six major battles set in different locations.
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‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Photos with Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles

Actor Sullivan Stapleton is revealed as the mighty Themistokles in one of two new photos from 300: Rise of an Empire, director Noam Murro's new film that runs "parallel" to the 2007 blockbuster 300. Take a look at the photos featuring Themistokles and a sea-bound battle formation, then read to see what both the actor and director had to say about this new film.

300: Rise of an Empire Photo 1

300: Rise of an Empire Photo 2

Director Noam Murro revealed that a lot of the action takes place at sea, which opens the story up to new battle tactics.

"The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics."

One of the key similarities this film will have with 300, both of which are set around the same time, is that this is still a lopsided fight, according to Noam Murro.

"The few against the many is still here. It's hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It's about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics."

Sullivan Stapleton spoke about the cunning Artemisia (Eva Green), who is after revenge.

""She does most of Xerxes' dirty work in this film. She's seeking revenge, and she does it well. She's a force to be reckoned with."

Noam Murro also compared Themistokles to Gerard Butler's Spartan King Leonidas in 300.

"Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he's a politician. He's not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It's a different complexity of character."

The warriors who do battle under Themistokles are actually reluctant commoners who don't have the same mentality that 300's Spartan warriors do, according to Noam Murro.

"These people don't want to fight, they even say that they are not Spartans. They are common people who have to do this to not be in under the rule of a dictator. This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter. It's a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavor of 300."

300: Rise of an Empire was released March 7th, 2014.

Sources:USA Today

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  • mr-k • 2 years ago

    @undeadslayer4 Just because it's gonna be bloodier than the original 300 doesn't mean it's gonna be a good movie.


    • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

      @mr-k its gonna be more bloodier than 300


      • mr-k • 2 years ago

        @skywise Well, 300 is based on a graphic movel but to be fair, it did try to stay true to the actual battle of the 300 Spartans.

        As for this movie, i'll wait for the trailer but from what I'm seeing here on these images, it looks too clean rather than having the gorgeous visuals from the original and it looks very toned down, in terms of the main character.


        • skywise • 2 years ago

          I know that these are based on comic books but I hope they stay a little more true to the factual history this time around. The famous battle of the 300 was only one battle over decades worth of fighting so i am interested to see this take on the rest of the story.


          • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

            The should've gone with a more different look than Leonidas... this just makes him look like the poor mans Gerard Butler in a crappy sequel...


            • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

              I've been on and off with this project. I just don't want to it to look like something that should have gone straight to DVD


              • pjwolsker • 2 years ago

                F*ck yes. I love this guy. He's great on Strike Back

                @Ecam94 dont worry. he'll be fine


                • Ecam94 • 2 years ago

                  What a generic dude


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