news\ Dec 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Watch Xerxes be fabulous in the new 300: Rise of an Empire trailer

When 300 came out in 2006, it was a visual spectacle. It was THE movie to see and its style was so fresh and captivating that it bled coolness. 

Now, seven years later, we are getting a sequel. 300: Rise of an Empire features a new director (Noam Murro), but Zack Snyder -- director of 300 -- stayed onboard to write the screenplay. What we get is another action-packed film, stylized like the first movie, but taking the battle to the sea. 

The official synopsis is: 

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.

300: Rise of an Empire is due out in theaters March 7, 2014. 

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