Man of Steel director Zack Snyder has unveiled the first poster (via Twitter) for the sequel to his beloved 2006 fantasy film 300, the Noam Murro directed 300: Rise of an Empire.

The film centres on a sea battle between the Greeks led by Greek general Themistocles and the invading Persian army led by the self-proclaimed god Xerxes.

Sullivan Stapleton stars as Themistocles, with Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes and Eva Green as Artemisia.

300: Rise of an Empire opens in Ireland on August 2nd.

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 Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Warner Bros. Picture presents and Legendary Pictures presents, 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 Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

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