300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Gets A First Preposterous Trailer
Yesterday we had our first glimpse at 300: Rise of an Empire, the prequel-parallel-squeakquel to Zack Snyder's epic graphic novel adaptation 300, with Sullivan Stapleton brooding on a poster, contemplating whether to catch that wave.
Now comes the first trailer, which shows Snyder's style has been carried over 100% by new director Noam Murro. There's tons of slow-motion, lots of melodramatic speeches and even one-line by Stapleton, which a few repeat listens leads me to wonder whether he does a neutral Aussie accent in this like Russell Crowe did in Gladiator. The plot, if it matters, is as follows:
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter takes the action to a fresh battlefield--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.