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Those brave dudes from Sparta fought the Persians in the shade of the Hot Gates in 300, but 300: Rise of an Empire will have a more aquatic feel, as the war takes to the high seas.

The follow-up to 's 2006 hit takes place during the same war as the original movie, except this time it will be the Greeks, led by general Themistokles (, left), that take on those dastardly Persian forces. The scale and number of battles for Rise of an Empire is really being taken up a notch, with director Noam Murro revealing to USA Today:

[Empire] happens over time in many different locations. The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics. The few against the many is still here. It's hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It's about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.

We've got out first still of the army of the few ready for battle, so check it out below:

The head of that mighty Persian power is still 'God King' Xerxes (), only this time he's ably assisted by the head of his navy and master seductress Artemesia (). She's out for revenge against the Greeks after they killed her family and is someone that is definitely not to be trifled with. Here's what Stapleton had to say about the vengeful commander:

She does most of Xerxes's dirty work in this film. She's seeking revenge, and she does it well. She's a force to be reckoned with.

I was quite skeptical when I first heard this movie was being made. I thought it was going to be a cookie-cutter looking to cash in on the testosterone-fueled success of the original. The more I hear about 300: Rise of an Empire, however, the more I want to get out my shield, sandals and six-pack (OK, I don't have one) and scream THIS. IS. AWESOME!



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