300: Rise of an Empire (previously titled 300: Battle of Artemisia) is the 2014 prequel to the 2007 blockbuster film, 300. Legendary Pictures has announced that Frank Miller is writing the follow-up graphic novel, and Zack Snyder was interested in directing the adaptation, but chose to move on to develop and direct the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Noam Murro ultimately signed as the director, while Zack Snyder produced, and co-wrote the screenplay. The film is centered around the Greek leader, Themistocles, portrayed by Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton. The film was released in the United States on March 7, 2014.
The story pits Greek general Themistocles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes I of Persia, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistocles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.
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