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Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green Star in 300: Rise of an Empire

Zack Snyder returns as producer for the sequel to 300.  In 300: Rise of an Empire, there is an epic sea battle between the Greeks led by general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the invading Persian army of god king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).  The Persian army is led by general Artemisia (Eva Green).  

Sullivan Stapleton is an Australian actor best known for his role in Animal Kingdom.  He played Craig, the volatile drug dealer and second son of a Melbourne crime family.   The notorious crime family is led by ruthless matriarch Janine Cody (Jacki Weaver).  Oldest son, Andrew “Pope” Cody (Ben Mendelsohn) is an armed robber and youngest son Darren (Luke Ford) does his older brothers’ bidding.  

The brothers seek revenge for the death of Pope’s best friend Barry “Baz” Brown (Joel Edgerton) after he is killed by crooked police officers.   After killing the corrupt police officers, the brothers are taken in for questioning.  At the heart of the story is Joshua “J” Cody (James Frenchville), the 17-year-old grandson of the Cody family.  J goes to live with his grandmother, Janine after his mom dies from a heroin overdose.  J becomes an accomplice to the murder after his uncles have him steal a car that was used to lure the cops.  Sergeant Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) leads the investigation into the murders of the police officers.  J becomes the pawn of the police and his family as both sides try to get him to be loyal to them.   The movie is gripping gangster movie with the innocent and quiet J resorting to violent means as he finds he can’t trust anyone, even his family.  Stapleton was chilling as the murderous and menacing Craig, who is a mama’s boy at heart.  

Sullivan Stapleton also stars in the Cinemax series, Strike Back.  He plays Damien Scott, a former U.S. Delta Force operative who joins a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.  Scott is partnered with Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), a British sergeant in the elite counter-terrorism team.  The series is an action packed globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from the headlines.  Every episode seems to feature Stapleton’s ass as he beds a female in the most ludicrous places.  One episode had Stapleton as Scott having sex while they were in the middle of gunfire.  

300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters August 2.  Lena Headey also returns as Queen Gorgo.


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