These are admittedly small bits, but offer cool new looks at the Athenians and the Persians who will fight it till the death much like the Spartans and the Persians in the first film. These videos are a few seconds long each and appear as "intros" to the various sections on the official website. I have embedded them all below for your express enjoyment so that you don't have to navigate from section to section on the official site. They contain no sound.
(You can watch in Full Screen as the footage is HQ)
The action here looks grittier than the highly stylized one presented in 300. It looks more rain soaked, blood drenched and mud splattered and there seem to be more soldiers fighting on either side in bigger battle fields (and on ships of course). It also looks like Sullivan Stapleton, in a departure from his predecessor Gerard Butler, will use the bow and arrow too to slaughter the Persians rather than just a sword and spear. Bring on the action!
You can navigate to the official site by clicking on the image above. The official site also contains new wallpapers and a Gif-maker. Check it out.
Below I have taken screen caps of some of the new footage which was not shown int he trailer.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller. It is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann. Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serve as executive producers.
The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editor Wyatt Smith and costume designer Alexandra Byrne. The music is composed by Junkie XL.
“300: Rise of an Empire” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
DIRECTED BY: Noam Murro
SCREENPLAY BY: Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad
BASED ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL "XERXES" BY: Frank Miller
PRODUCED BY: Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari & Bernie Goldmann
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: Frank Miller, Thomas Tull & Stephen Jones
Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
Eva Green as Artemisia
Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes
Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta
David Wenham as Dilios
Hans Matheson as Aeskylos
Jack O'Connell as Calisto
Andrew Pleavin as Daxos
Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes
Yigal Naor as Darius
RELEASE DATE: March 7th, 2014
MPAA RATING: Rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language