300-Rise-of-an-Empire-Comic-Con-Poster-ArtemisiaWhilst the vast majority of the films heading to Comic-Con will be transporting us to the future, or to worlds in which superheroes exist, 300: Rise of an Empire will instead be taking us more than two thousand years into the past.

The film is a sidequel of Zack Snyder’s brilliant original, 300, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this second film compares to Snyder’s first, with Noam Murro taking over the helm.

If the first teaser trailer is anything to go by, there are plenty of action sequences to look forward to.

Earlier in the week, we were treated to the first trio of character posters ahead of the film’s appearance out in San Diego. Now the fourth and fifth posters, of the set of six, have surfaced online, giving us a look at Eva Green as Artemisia and the return of Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest 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 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, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Sullivan Stapleton stars opposite Green as Themistokles, with Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell joining the duo, and Lena Headey returning alongside Santoro as Queen Gorgo.

Murro (Smart People) is directing from a script co-written by Snyder and Kurt Johnstad (300), based on the original graphic novel, Xerxes, by Frank Miller.

300: Rise of an Empire will be released on March 7th, 2014. The film will be heading into Hall H tomorrow as part of the Warner Bros. panel, and with any luck, we’ll get to see some more footage surface online soon after.