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War, Bling, and Hairless Pecs are Back in Trailer for '300: Rise of an Empire': VIDEO


 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's 2007 film 300, is back with many of the same elements along with bearded Australian hottie Sullivan Stapleton.

The film focuses on Themistocles (Stapleton) and Artemesia I of Caria (eva Green), and explains how Xerxes became 'the God King'.

“If you took ‘300’ and you zoomed out, that’s what this movie is all about,” Murro said at Comic-Con International in San Diego last summer. “It takes place at about the same time as ‘300.’ It’s just bigger and it gives a whole bigger scale and scope as to what happened historically.”

But enough with that. On with the beards and beef, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. There is very little that's historical about this film. Why, even the fact that they have a woman playing the role of a warrior? That wouldn't have happened in those cultures in that time in history. Too much Hollywood being pushed into real history. I guess REAL history isn't exciting enough for us. Typical.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 21, 2014 10:10:10 AM

  2. Yeah, because men before the Common Era regularly shaved their chests.

    They would all look better with hairy chests. If I were attracted to chests/bodies with no hair I would date women.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 21, 2014 10:28:07 AM

  3. Just one question: Why?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 21, 2014 10:35:31 AM

  4. Actually, Jon, Artemisia was very real, and was a prominent commander in the Persian navy. She advised Xerxes to ignore the gathering Greek fleet at Salamis and instead attack the cities in the isthmus directly to break up the unified force. He ignored her, and paid the price for it. At the Battle of Salamis, she outperformed any of the other Persian commanders, earning the comment from Xerxes "All of my men have become women, and my women have become men."

    But the historicity of this movie will almost certainly be awful.

    Posted by: OddBet | Jan 21, 2014 10:35:39 AM

  5. In fact, Artimesia's role in the battle of Salamis is detailed in Herodotus' Histories.

    She was an advisor to Xerxes who warned against his war with Greek forces. (She was from Caria, a Greek city-state in Ionia, today's Anatolia). He ignored her, to his later regret.

    She commanded a fleet of ships and, through a treacherous strategem, survived the sea battle with glory.

    Xerxes is said to have commented, "My men have become women and my women, men."

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 21, 2014 10:58:07 AM

  6. "My men have become women and my women, men."

    ...I always thought that quote was Madonna refereeing to her backup dancers?

    Posted by: Percy | Jan 21, 2014 11:05:16 AM

  7. Blame Phidias for the lack of body hair. It seems he wasn't into it when it came to sculpting Greek heroes.

    Posted by: Jonnycakes | Jan 21, 2014 11:23:31 AM

  8. John:

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Jan 21, 2014 11:34:49 AM

  9. Saw the original 300 movie. Must see this new homoerotic 300 movie as well.
    Eva Green is quite fierce and formidable. Saw her in "Dark Shadows". You'd have to be on your toes around her! She's the icing around the man-cake in this movie.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 21, 2014 11:38:27 AM

  10. Fighting wars in slow motion must have been a specialty in ancient Greece and Persia.

    Posted by: trees | Jan 21, 2014 11:39:02 AM

  11. "Bling"?!

    Posted by: John | Jan 21, 2014 3:02:53 PM

  12. I can watch porn in slow motion and actually see a money shot at home.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jan 21, 2014 3:15:25 PM

  13. The original film was both extremely homoerotic and homophobic at the same time- this looks like more of the same.

    Posted by: jarago | Jan 21, 2014 6:01:20 PM

  14. I can't believe Towleroad is helping hype this movie, after the racist, homophobic, eugenics-promoting crap of the first one. I will not see it. The first movie made me ill with its diseased attitudes, and I refuse to even consider the possibility that I'd be so shallow as to think looking at CGI-generated abs is more important than simple human decency. Shameful.

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | Jan 21, 2014 7:16:31 PM

  15. Um, it's a film. Who cares about historicity? Just entertain me. I enjoyed the first "300". I will enjoy the second "300" (one at at time, of course).

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 22, 2014 12:21:02 AM

  16. I wonder if any Athenian "boy phuckers" will make a cameo in this one.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 22, 2014 12:37:56 AM

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