300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 43 mins

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After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
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Did you know? Though a large part of the film takes place on water and boats, the film was filmed completely "dry" with all the water was digitally added in later. Director Noam Murro said this allowed great freedom in filming. Read More
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as Artemisia
as Queen Gorgo
as Xerxes
as Persian General (rumored)
as Daxos
as Ephialtes
as Politician 3
as General Bandari
as Persian Merchant
as General Artaphernes
as Spartan warrior
as Young Artemisia - Age 8
as Scyllias
as Senator #1
as General Kashani
as Old Statesman
as Dilios
as Senator 2
as Greek Citizen
as Persian Bomber 03
as Aesyklos
as King Darius
as Calisto
as 13-year-old Artemesia
as Armenian Advisor
as Greek Shipwright (rumored)
as Spartan Warrior
as Senator #4
as Voice Actor
as Butcher
as Artemesia Father
as Greek Commander
as Spartan Warrior
as Athenian Woman
as Theban Commander
as Greek Ambassador
as Spartan Warrior
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Themistocles
as Greek Warrior
as Naval Commander (rumored)
as Young Spartan


First Assistant Director
Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Editor
Foley Artist
Sound Mixer
Foley Editor


Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Red Epic
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Shot in 3D
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Though a large part of the film takes place on water and boats, the film was filmed completely "dry" with all the water was digitally added in later. Director Noam Murro said this allowed great freedom in filming.

Rodrigo Santoro spent 6 hours in the make-up chair every single day to morph into his character. Even after the make-up was done, he couldn't move much because all of the jewelry and piercing that he was wearing was very delicate and would break if he moved a lot.

Sullivan Stapleton was filming the television series Strike Back while preparing for the film. So along with filming every day, he had spend 3 hours training - 1.5 hours in the gym lifting weights and 1.5 hours sword training to get the stunts right. He was extremely exhausted at the end of the day.

Sullivan Stapleton said that he was extremely skeptical when he was cast whether he would be able to build the requisite "six pack" for the role. He thought some people naturally had it and some people didn't and he was one of the latter group. But once he went through the training, he got "six pack abs" himself and said he was pleased to realize that anybody could develop them with the proper training.

Matt Smith was approached for the role of Aesyklos, but declined. The role went to Hans Matheson.

Because of the complicated effects involved in making Xerxes a 10 foot giant, Rodrigo Santoro filmed almost all of his scenes alone in a green-screen room and had little/no interaction with the rest of the cast. He said it was difficult but he got used to it as he had also done it on the first film.

The lead role was offered to Joel Edgerton but he declined.

The original script featured King Leonidas from 300, but he was ultimately cut out. This was due to Gerard Butler, who turned down to reprise his role as Leonidas, since it "wasn't really [his] thing".

The movie was initially going to be about the story of Xerxes, the character played in the original film by Rodrigo Santoro, and his military expeditions. The story and narrative were changed significantly and the script was revised in subsequent drafts to have the story focus on Athenian leader, Themistocles, played by Sullivan Stapleton.

The film was previously called "Xerxes", the title of the Frank Miller graphic novel on which the film is based, and later "300: The Battle of Artemisia", the title used during filming. Ultimately, the present title, 300: Rise of an Empire was used because the other two were deemed too exotic.

Gym Jones, who burst into the spotlight for the physical training they provided to the male actors in 300 were again employed to train the cast for the sequel. They trained the cast before filming began and also throughout filming so that the cast could attain and maintain the physical shape required for their roles. The return of Gym Jones for the sequel was due to their long standing relationship with Zack Snyder who wrote and produced the sequel.

The entire male cast of the earlier film, 300, famously sported extremely well-defined "six pack abs" as they went bare-chested for the entire film. The look, which came to be known as the 300 look or the Spartan look, became very famous in the media and popular culture and came to be strongly associated with the film. The look was heavily promoted by the marketing department in posters, stills, behind-the-scenes features and footage and by the male actors in interviews where they spoke about the rigorous training required to achieve that look. For the sequel, Sullivan Stapleton said that he also had to develop "six pack abs" as it was almost a pre-requisite for a "300" film.

Jamie Blackley was originally cast in the role of Calisto, but before filming began, he was replaced by Jack O'Connell.

Zack Snyder conceptualized the project and wrote the screenplay along with his 300 writing partner Kurt Johnstad and was on-board to direct but dropped off due to commitments to Man of Steel. Noam Murro was picked by the studio to direct but Zack Snyder still produced the film.
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Dubbed into: 300: Rise of an Empire (Tamil)
Dubbed into: 300: Rise of an Empire (Hindi)
Dubbed into: 300: Rise of an Empire (Telugu)