Hollywood’s fascination with Greek warfare continues with the 3-D ‘300’ sequel ’300: Rise of an Empire’.
It is set eight years after the death of King Leonidas and this time features a kick-ass warrior queen, played by Eva Green from ‘Casino Royale’.
The 33-year-old French actress plays Artemisia, a Persian ruler who fights the Greeks on the Aegean Sea. Director Zack Snyder delivers a heavily stylised take on the 480 BC battle.
“It’s my first action film and the fact that she’s so gutsy and brave and fearless, I loved it. You know it’s kind of a fantasy because, of course, in real life you’d wouldn’t be able to cut off heads or fight double swords. So it’s kind of… you know, I feel like a little girl dreaming,” said Green.
In 2006’s ‘300’ Leonidas dies but stops the Persians. But, with his army rebuilt, Xerxes marches on the Greek city-states. Democratic Athens, first on Xerxes’ path, bases its strength on its fleet, led by Admiral Themistocles. He is forced into an unwilling alliance with Athens’ traditional rival, oligarchic Sparta and its superior infantry. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
‘Game of Thrones’ actress Lena Headey again appears as Queen Gorgo, and says she was unfazed by the hundreds of shirtless men on set:
“You know, on the first movie, of course, I think my first day of filming, with lots of naked men, near-naked men, was a little bit of an eye-opener in many ways and then it gets a little bit boring and you think ‘why don’t you just wear a Christmas sweater or something?’”
‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is rolling out across Europe and the US right now.