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Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

First photos ‘300 Rise of an Empire,’ Sullivan Stapleton and Greek army

Here’s the first look at photos from 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, has gone online courtesy of USA Today, highlighting new leading man Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, the Greek general leading soldiers out to sea against the Persian army.

300 Rise of an EmpireIn addition to new photos from the 300 sequel, USA Today’s piece features interviews with the stars and director Noam Murro about how Rise of an Empire differs from its predecessor.

According to Murro, the film “is tied visually to the original,” but the added component of sea battles opens the film up to “a whole different choreography of fighting and war.” Additionally, the film takes place “over time in many different locations,” as opposed to the almost claustrophobic setting and pacing of the original 300.

“The few against the many is still there,” Murro revealed. “It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.”

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

His fighting men — drawn from humble citizenry —— are not the born-and-bred fighters that the Spartans are either.

Check out the full article here

The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan.

300: Rise of an Empire opens in theaters on August 2, 2013.

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