Since it’s been 7 years since 300 hit theaters, we thought we’d make things a little easier by refreshing your memory on some of the actors and characters that back for this film as well as some of the new ones that are involved as well.
Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles
Sullivan was most recently starred in Ruben Fleischer’s 1940s-era crime drama “Gangster Squad,” alongside Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. He currently stars on the SKY/Cinemax/HBO dramatic action series “Strike Back,” which is in its fourth season. Stapleton plays former United States Delta force operative Damian Scott, who partners up with a British military agent to operate high risk, priority missions throughout the globe.
A native of Australia, Stapleton first gained international attention with his supporting role in David Michod’s “Animal Kingdom,” which received the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Dramatic. The Australian Film Institute recognized his performance in the film with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Eva Green as Artemesia
Eva has earned international praise for her work in both blockbuster releases and diverse independent films. She has several films slated to open later this year, including “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” alongside Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, for writer/directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and Kristian Levring’s Western drama “The Salvation.” She also stars in Gregg Araki’s drama “White Bird in a Blizzard,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Green made her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 drama “The Dreamers,” for which she earned a European Film Award nomination for Best Actress. She followed with a starring role in the French film “Arsène Lupin,” before Ridley Scott cast her in his epic “Kingdom of Heaven,” opposite Orlando Bloom. In 2006, she starred in Martin Campbell’s James Bond blockbuster “Casino Royale,” introducing Daniel Craig as the new Agent 007. For her performance as the brilliant and beautiful Vesper Lynd, Green won a BAFTA Award and an Empire Award.
Green then starred as Serafina Pekkala, the queen of the witches, in Chris Weitz’s fantasy adventure “The Golden Compass.” She has since starred in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” opposite Johnny Depp, and the indie films “Franklyn,” “Cracks,” “Womb” and “Perfect Sense.”
On the small screen, Green stars as Morgan in the Starz series “Camelot,” a new adaptation of the classic Arthurian legend, also starring Joseph Fiennes as Merlin and Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur. In addition, she is starring in “Penny Dreadful,” a new Showtime series created by John Logan, which is currently in production.
Born in France, Green trained in Paris and London, and also studied at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Returning to Paris, she began her acting career on the stage, starring in “Turcaret,” directed by Gerard Deshartes, and “Jalousie en Trios Fax,” directed by Didier Long, for which she was nominated for a Molière Award.
Lena Headey as Gorgo
Lena first portrayed Queen Gorgo, the wife of the Spartan King Leonidas, in the hit action adventure “300,” directed by Zack Snyder.
Headey is also well known for her leading role on the award-winning hit HBO original series “Game of Thrones,” now in its fourth season. As a member of the show’s cast, she has shared in two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series Ensemble.
Headey next stars in the fantasy thriller “Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” having previously starred in “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” She also recently starred in the hit horror thriller “The Purge,” with Ethan Hawke. Among her other film credits are “Dredd,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm,” Neil La Bute’s “Possession” and James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day,” as well as a number of independent features.
On television, Headey starred in the title role of the series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” She earlier appeared in such longform projects as the HBO movie “The Gathering Storm,” directed by Richard Loncraine, and the miniseries “Merlin.”
Hans Matheson as Aeskylos
Has has previously appeared in the hit films “Clash of the Titans,” directed by Louis Leterrier, and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes.”
On the small screen, he portrayed Thomas Granville in the second season of the popular Showtime series “The Tudors,” and also starred as Alec D’Uberville in the BBC miniseries “Tess of the D’Ubervilles.”
Born in Scotland, Matheson began his career on television and on the stage, including an appearance at the Royal Court Theatre. His major break came when he was cast as Marius in Bille August’s non-musical feature film adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic “Les Misérables,” starring Liam Neeson. He then starred in the European films “Canone Inverso” and “I Am Dina.”
Matheson’s additional television credits include the TNT miniseries “The Mists of Avalon”; the lead role of Yury Zhivago in the 2002 Granada Television adaptation of “Doctor Zhivago,” with Keira Knightley and Sam Neill; and the BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen,” as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.
Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes
Rodrigo was already an award-winning actor in Brazil when he gained fame in the United States and around the globe. In “300: Rise of an Empire,” he reprises his role from the 2007 worldwide hit “300,” directed by Zack Snyder. For his performance, he became the first Brazilian actor to receive an MTV Movie Award nomination.
Santoro’s first American film was 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” followed later that year by the hit romantic comedy “Love Actually.” In 2004, he won the Cannes Film Festival’s Chopard Trophy for Male Revelation. Since then, he has starred in a variety of films, including David Mamet’s “Redbelt”; Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den”; both parts of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che”; “I Love You Phillip Morris,” for directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa; Kirk Jones’ “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”; and “The Last Stand.” Santoro starred in the title role in “Heleno,” about the famed Brazilian soccer player, and also produced the film, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Additionally, he voiced a lead role in the animated feature “Rio,” and will be heard again in the sequel, “Rio 2.” Among his other upcoming films are “Focus,” reuniting him with Ficarra and Requa; Gavin O’Connor’s “Jane Got a Gun”; “Pele”; “Rio, I Love You”; and “The 33.”
On television, Santoro had a regular role on the third season of ABC’s hit show “Lost.” He also co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in Philip Kaufman’s HBO movie
“Hemingway & Gellhorn,” and with Helen Mirren in Robert Allan Ackerman’s “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” for Showtime.
Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
Mulvey will next be seen in the much-anticipated action adventure “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. His upcoming films also include the thriller “Kill Me Three Times,” with Sullivan Stapleton, and “Miss Meadows,” for writer/director Karen Leigh Hopkins.
A native of New Zealand, Mulvey is best known to Australian television audiences for his starring role as Brendan “Josh” Joshua in four seasons of the acclaimed crime series “Rush,” for which he earned Logie Award nominations in 2009 and 2011. He went on to star in the Australian miniseries “Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms.” His television work in Australia also includes the telefilms “The Finder” and “Code Red,” and the series “Home and Away,” “Underbelly,” “McLeod’s Daughters,” “Head Start” and “Heartbreak High,” for which he received his first Logie Award nomination.
Mulvey made his American film debut in Kathryn Bigelow’s award-winning drama “Zero Dark Thirty.” His additional feature film credits include “The Turning,” starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving; “The Hunter,” which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival; and the comedy “Thunderstruck.”
Check out our review of 300: Rise of an Empire here.
300: Rise of an Empire opens in cinemas 6 March 2014
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