Should There Even Be A 300 Sequel?
Every now and then, a movie comes along that changes popular culture for good. The movie 300, released in 2007, was definitely one of those films. The brave, ruthless Spartans captivated audiences, and the picture as a whole was very convincing and dynamic onscreen. It was everywhere, mentioned in sermons, motivational halftime pep talks by athletic coaches/trainers, and even gag films and Katt Williams‘ American Hustle.
Inevitably, someone was going to attempt to come up with a sequel, right?
I would’ve preferred a prequel myself – don’t want these new characters, instead tell us more about the brave, outnumbered crew who fought and died for Sparta. Its title - 300: Rise of an Empire.
Apparently, the sequel will cover events that occurred before, during, and after the first film, which seems like it might be just a bit ambitious. Some of the cast from 300 will be reprising their roles this time around, including Lena Headey (as Queen Gorgo of Sparta), Rodrigo Santoro (as King Xerxes of Persia), and David Wenham (as Dilios – the warrior/narrator sent back from the war to tell the story).
The film’s plot will involve Xerxes a great deal, detailing how he became the “God King.”
Our new protagonist is one Themistocles, and the film will likely follow him through at least two well-known battles in the military history of Greece, the Battle of Artemisium and the Battle of Salamis. It may also depict, at least in part, the Battle of Marathon. Be on the lookout for Artemisia of Halicarnassus – the only female commander in the Persian fleet – played by Eva Green.
Trailer looks pretty legit from where I’m standing, but will it measure up to the original or leave a bad taste in our mouths?
Find out for yourself when 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters March 7, 2014
pushed way back from its original release date of August 13 this year.