Actor Rodrigo Santoro who plays Persian king Xerxes in Zack Snyder's 300 is reprising his role for the upcoming sequel 300: Rise of an Empire this time under the direction Noam Murro. Little is known about the plot for the follow-up but in an interview with CBR Santoro revealed that Snyder's influence will be felt throughout the upcoming sequel. Snyder was replaced by Murro as director for the follow-up to the Frank Miller adaptation. 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters this coming August 2nd. Hit the jump for the details.
Rodrigo Santoro: "I would say that you get to know a little bit about [Xerxes'] backstory, which I thought is pretty cool. It's more like you have the new Athenian, Sullivan. You have Eva Green's character, which is a commander, a naval commander, my naval commander, and you have Xerxes. It gravitates between all three, what's going on."
Sullivan Stapleton portrays General Themistocles in the movie & Eva Green will play Artemisia which the movie was originally named after. So how will the sequel differ from the original?
Rodrigo Santoro: "I didn't see the movie yet, the final result, but the experience -- I mean, Zack was pretty much involved because he wrote it and he's producing it. His hands are there, but Noam will have his own take on directing it. I think it's going to be pretty awesome, and the fans are going to be pleased."