Have to say, I wasn’t super stoked by the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s über-stylized 300, but the following trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire goes a long way in increasing my interest. More after the trailer.

I mean, Black Sabbath, right? RIGHT? Can’t go wrong with that.

The thing that interests me most outside of the prominent seafaring setting, is the bookend string-pulling of gruesomely dispatched King Leonidas’ wife, Queen Gorgo (Lena Heady), who sets about forming an army of angry Greeks, and Queen Artemisia (Eva Green), ally of Xerxes and his Persian horde, of which said Greeks intend to defeat. Both women do far more than move human chess pieces; these ladies are here to fight, and that’s kinda great.

Sullivan Stapleton plays Themistocles, Greek General and all around badass, having sworn vengeance in the name of the queen for the departed Spartans, and while he’s gonna be a big deal, I have a feeling it’ll be the two warring Queens whose screen time we’ll be most interested in.

300: Rise of an Empire arrives in theaters March 7, 2014.

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