“300: Rise of an Empire” finally has an official logo. The movie is due out later in the summer and has been in the works for years, and is definitely trying to remind people why they remembered the first “300” to begin with.
Rodrigo Santoro will reprise his role as Xerxes in “Rise of an Empire,” while Eva Green will play Artemisia, Sullivan Stapleton will play Themistocles and Jamie Blackley will play Calisto. Though Gerard Butler won’t be back as King Leonidas in this flick, Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad wrote the script so it will tie in to “300.”
This new movie acts as a prequel of sorts to “300.” While part of the flick takes place before the previous film, other parts run concurrently to it. “Rise of an Empire” follows Xerxes’ rise to power as he is manipulated by the goddess Artemisia.
“I think it will match, because the idea is matching — characters and style and all that. Especially because they’re calling it like a spinoff, you get bits of the first movie. There’s a place where they meet, the first movie and the second movie, but it’s a different director,” Santoro recently told Comic Book Resources. “I didn’t see the movie yet, the final result, but the experience — I mean, Zack was pretty much involved because he wrote it and he’s producing it. His hands are there, but Noam will have his own take on directing it. I think it’s going to be pretty awesome, and the fans are going to be pleased.”
“300: Rise of an Empire” is due in theaters on August 2, 2013.