New 300: Rise of an Empire images show off Themistocles’ body and Eva Green

The official 300: Rise of an Empire site has just updated itself with a lot of new information and images. With these images, we get a better look at how the movie is going to look. Greek general Themistocles and Persian navy commander Artemisia have received character portraits and a summary about who they are.

Themistocles, being played by Sullivan Stapleton, is seen below in his Greek battle gear and regular Greek clothing. If you have seen how Gerard Butler looked like as King Leonidas in 300, then you’d be really disappointed with Stapleton that he didn’t try harder to get in 300 shape. Then again Themistocles is an Athenian.

Leonidas: “See, rumor has it the Athenians have already turned you down, and if those philosophers and, uh, boy-lovers have found that kind of nerve, then…”

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And here’s a small bio on Themistokles:

Walking the line between savvy statesman and battle-hardened soldier, this Greek general has no illusions about what motivates men, kings or gods. He knows well how the game is played.

A master strategist, Themistokles holds an unflinching vision for the glory of Greece and will do whatever it takes to realize that vision—whether leading the charge on the battlefield or subtly working his influence behind the scenes.

Now, facing the onslaught of the massive Persian navy, he may be outnumbered but not out-maneuvered. Knowing there’s more at stake here than his life and the lives of his men, he will gamble everything on a daring plan that could seal the fate of Greece and the future of democracy.

Sullivan Stapleton takes on the nuanced role and describes Themistokles as a “people person,” just one of the many facets that make up this richly developed character—a man of wit and persuasive charm, as well as steely determination.

And over on the Persian corner is Eva Green as Artemisia, the commander of the Persian navy.

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A woman commanding armies in a man’s world, this skilled and ruthless warrior—the real power behind Xerxes’ throne—knows that the rules have never applied to her. And never will. Meeting Themistokles head-on with the Persian armada, Artemisia will set the sea on fire, assaulting Greece not only for power and glory but for vengeance, the roots of which are known only to herself…and for which she is willing to sacrifice thousands and alter the fate of nations.

Bringing the volatile, vindictive and unapologetically ambitious warrior Artemisia to life is Eva Green, who says, “I love playing evil characters, but ones who are complex, and have a reason to behave in such a way… It’s always more interesting.”

And here’s a new banner for the film.

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The movie is based on Frank Miller’s Xerxes and will have Themistokles uniting all of Greece against Xerxes and his Persian army and Artemisia and her Persian navy.

Returning actors include Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, Dredd) as Spartan Queen Gorgo, David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes. Newcomer includes Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans) as Aeskylos. Noam Murro will be directing.

300: Rise of an Empire rises in theaters on August 2, 2013.

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