Junkie XL has taken over scoring duties on the upcoming action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. The film is directed by Noam Murro and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Lena Headey are co-starring. The movie follows the Greek general Themistocles as he battles an invading army of Persians under turned-god Xerxes. The original movie’s director Zack Snyder co-wrote the screenplay with Kurt Johnstad (Act of Valor, 300) based on Frank Miller’s novel and is also producing the Legendary Films production with Mark Canton & Gianni Nunnari (300, Immortals), Bernie Goldmann, Deborah Snyder (Man of Steel, Watchmen) and Thomas Tull (42, Pacific Rim). Orchestral recording sessions for the film are set to start this coming Sunday. Junkie XL who is also known under his real name Tom Holkenborg is replacing Federico Jusid who was announced and credited on the film’s first poster as reported earlier this year. The composer’s previous film scoring credits include 2006’s action adventure DOA: Dead or Alive and Famke Janssen’s directorial debut Bringing Up Bobby. He has previously collaborated with Hans Zimmer on a number of films, including The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Man of Steel directed by Snyder. 300: Rise of the Empire will be released nationwide on August 2, 2013 by Warner Bros. Pictures. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.