The saga of the Sparta’s war against the Persians continues in this sequel to 2006′s unexpected hit 300. Gerard Butler’s Leonidas might not be back but there are more muscles, more slow-motion action scenes and more beautiful women in the form of Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and Eva Green. Reprising his role as the towering god-king Xerxes is Rodrigo Santoro, who faces opposition from an alliance of Greek city-states that he engages in a naval battle.
Playing the lead role this time is Sullivan Stapleton, an Australian actor who is just about the last of the actors from Animal Kingdom to get his own movie in the states. He plays Themistocles, an Athenian General and hero of the Battle of Marathon (in which the Persians and the Greeks fought over 26 miles while wearing novelty costumes). Gerard Butler became a household name on the back of his role in 300, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we started hearing Stapleton’s name everywhere this time next year.
300: Rise of an Empire arrives March 2014