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300: Battle of Artemisia Is Now 300: Rise of an Empire

by Char|September 13, 2012|in News|

300: Battle of Artemisia Changed to 300: Rise of an Empire

I’m really tired of this. Why they cannot make up their minds and lock in the title? It looks like the 300 prequel is receiving lots of attention or the attention is not enough that’s why changing the titles will make our heads turn on it.

Warner Bros. announced today that the 300 prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia has been re-titled 300: Rise of an Empire. Initially, the title of this prequel is Xerxes which more sense because the story will focus more on Xerxes, King Leonidas’ nemesis. But back in June, they have changed the Xerxes title to 300: Battle of Artemisia. Perhaps, they worry that Xerxes isn’t that known but adding the “300” to it will add some flavor to the advertisement.

Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom, Strike Back) stars as Themistocles, who leads a group of Spartan warriors to take on the mighty Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). Eva Green plays Artemisia, the goddess who persuades Xerxes to do battle with these Greek soldiers. Jamie Blackley also stars. Don’t expect to see Gerard Butler in here — he will not show up.

Noam Murro is directing from a script by 300 writers Kurt Johnstad and Zack Snyder, with production already under way.

Actually, I like the Xerxes title better. One word is kind of mysterious and make the audience curious about it. Just like when 300 was about to be released — no one questioned by the hell it was entitled 300. But I guess, we have to wait and see how long this current title will stick around for.

300: Rise of an Empire is set to be released on 2nd of August, 2013

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