300: Rise Of An Empire: First Evidence It's Really Happening Surfaces Online

Two photos popped up online today giving proof that a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 sleeper hit, 300 is in the works. USA Today supplied the photos which feature Gerneral Themistokles and his army as depicted in the upcoming movie currently titled 300: Rise Of An Empire.

300 star Gerard Butler and director Snyder will not reunite in the sequel, so we’ll see Sullivan Stapleton playing Themistokles under the direction of director Noah Murro. The film also features Eva Green as Artemesia, Themistokles nemisis. Originally, Rise Of An Empire was titled 300: Battle of Artemisia, but the name changed as the script evolved. Unlike the original 300, Murro says the battle scenes will take place in different locations, so the sequel will be a much bigger undertaking than the first.

[Rise of an Empire] happens over time in many different locations. The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics… 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.

Not much is revealed in the photos, but we see Spartan soldiers are ready for battle on some sort of boat. This makes sense since Artemesia is a vengeful commander of the Persian navy, second in command to the mortal-turned-god leader Xerxes, and hell-bent on delivering revenge on the Greeks for killing her family as a child.

300: Rise Of An Empire opens for business in theaters August 8, 2013.

Below, are the photos of  Stapleton as Greek General Themistokles and a boat battle that looks like all hell is about to break loose.


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