Two big upcoming historical actioners debuted their first TV spots over the weekend in 300: Rise of an Empire and Pompeii, both offering up some new footage packed with swords, sandals and six-packs; check them out here…
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 (Sullivan Stapleton) against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
300: Rise of an Empire opens on March 7th, with Noam Murro (Smart People) directing a cast that includes the returning Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and David Wenham alongside Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Jack O’Connell (Skins), Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans) and Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty).
It’s late summer in 79 A.D. and the city of Pompeii glitters at the foot of the mighty Mt. Vesuvius. MILO, the slave of a shipping tycoon, dreams of the day he will buy his freedom and marry his master’s daughter, COLUMBA. What he doesn’t know is that Columba’s debt-ridden father has promised Columba to a despicable Roman Senator to pay off an overdue loan.
Milo does know that his friend, the Gladiator NIGELLUS, is being forced to compete the next day in a seemingly unwinnable battle in the Coliseum. As Milo tries to find a way to save his friend, he learns that Columba has been promised to another man and that he himself has been sold to a new master. Just as it seems things can’t get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius suddenly explodes with the power of 40 nuclear bombs, sending a torrent of 1,000-degree ash and smoke into the city. Lava flows down the mountainside, killing thousands. As Pompeii crumbles, Nigellus is imprisoned inside the Coliseum, Columba is locked inside her family’s villa, and Milo is trapped aboard a ship bound for Naples.
As the people of Pompeii flee the obliterated city, Milo is determined to return to it to save his friend and his beloved Columba. With fire and ash destroying the only world he’s ever known, an ordinary man is tested to his breaking point in this heart-pounding tale of extraordinary heroism.
Pompeii is set for release on February 21st with a cast that includes Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia), Carrie-Anne Moss (Unthinkable), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), and Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead).