While Zack Snyder’s name will be omnipresent throughout this approaching summer blockbuster season, the director/producer is also gearing for a winter takeover via the highly anticipated sequel to 2007′s 300. Accordingly a new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire has just been released, showing off some dazzling cinematography from the forthcoming movie. The movie will find Xerxes still at the helm of the Persian Empire, against whom new characters – Themistocles and Artemisia – will guide a legion of naval and land warriors. Reprising the glossy, animated and admittedly gory aesthetics formerly present in the preceding film, 300: Rise of an Empire looks to be just as stellar as its predecessor. Enjoy a trailer for the film above.