How long of a lead time do you want for trailers for your hot movies? How about nine months? 300: Rise of an Empire doesn’t arrive at your multiplex until March 7, 2014, but we now have a trailer for the sequel to the 2006 original in which there’s Eva Green and battles and water and archery and Lena Headey and epic scenery and screaming and swords and more water and lots of charging soldiers and axes and more water and stuff, all based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes. There’s a lot going on, and it shares the overall look of the first movie but adds, well, water, action on the seas, and that looks interesting — you know there’ll be blood in that water, lots of blood.
Talking to MTV.com, director Noam Murro said that this one takes place largely concurrently with the original, but covers a larger area with a larger scale, so “sequel” may not be the precise term for it. I don’t know. I’m tired. Anyway, Xerxes — Rodrigo Santoro again — is back, but the new characters, Eva Green’s Artemisia (the villain — Hiss! Boo!) and Sullivan Stapleton’s Themistocles (the hero — Yay!), are the focus, Murro says.
You have nine months to see how that works out. Are you into it? Comments below.
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