Check Out the First Stills From 300: Rise of an Empire

 The first two stills from director Noam Murro’s upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire are now online, courtesy of USA Today. Check them out below!

Based on Frank Miller’s upcoming 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 (Sullivan Stapleton) 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 against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, the August 2, 2013 release also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan.

UPDATE: Legendary Pictures has debuted the official logo for the film on their Facebook page. Click on the below image for a larger version in our gallery: