This is one of those movies that until I see some footage, I’m still up in the air as to whether this film should’ve happened at all. My biggest peeve is that Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) is not involved. But these new images, that supposedly come fresh from the film, offers a tiny bit of hope for what could be an epic fail.
The director for 300: Rise of an Empire, Noam Murro, recently spoke to reporters about the film, it’s battle scenes and it’s leading lady.
The following was posted via Collider.com
Murro spoke about the sequel, saying it “is tied visually to the original,” but owing to the sea battle, “there is a whole different choreography of fighting and war … [It] happens over time in many different locations. The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics.”
For fans of the original who loved the sacrifice the 300 made in their stand against the thousands of Persian soldiers, Murro is quick to state that the uphill battle against the odds is still upfront in the sequel:
“The few against the many is still here. It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.”
This time around, the plot will center on a battle against Artemesia (Green), “the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, who is second in command to the mortal-turned-god leader Xerxes (Santoro) and has the added incentive of seeking to settle a blood score against the Greeks who killed her family when she was a child.”
Stapleton and Murro talked about Green’s character in turn:
“She does most of Xerxes’ dirty work in this film. She’s seeking revenge, and she does it well,” says Stapleton. “She’s a force to be reckoned with.”
Murro: “She’s got sex appeal, she’s ruthless and conniving. All the things that kill men. And she has a sword. I wouldn’t mess with her.”
“Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he’s a politician. He’s not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It’s a different complexity of character. These people don’t want to fight, they even say that they are not Spartans,” says Murro. “They are common people who have to do this to not be in under the rule of a dictator. This is not a duplicate movie or a cookie-cutter. It’s a very different story to tell in keeping with the original flavor of 300.”