Warner Bros. gives ‘300’ sequel new title

By Daniel S Levine,

Warner Bros. said Wednesday that the studio’s sequel to 300 will have a new title, Rise of An Empire.

According to Deadline, the film was previously titled The Battle of Artemisia, in reference to the character being played by Casino Royale actress Eva Green.

The film is already in production, filming in Bulgaria, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

300: Rise of an Empire will center on Greek general Themistokles and his battle against Xerxes’ Persian army.

Back in February, Sullivan Stapleton secured the role of Themistokles. Stapleton appeared in Animal Kingdom and stars in the upcoming Gangster Squad. Rodrigo Santoro, who did star in the 2006 film, will play Xerxes.

Zack Snyder, who directed the first film, which was based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, co-wrote the screenplay with Kurt Johnstad. It also stars Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan and Callan Mulvey.

The film is being directed by Noam Murro. It is produced by Legendary Pictures and will hit theaters on Aug. 2, 2013.



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