Rodrigo Santoro Confirms Negotiations To Return For 300 Follow-Up

The actor, who portrayed King Xerxes in the 2007 film adaptation of Frank Miller's 300, has confirmed that he's in discussions to reprise the role in the upcoming follow-up/spin-off.

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By Paul Romano - 3/13/2012


In an interview with international website UOL, actor Rodrigo Santoro confirmed that he is in talks to reprise the role of 'Xerxes' in the upcoming follow-up to 300, a fictionalized account of the battle between 300 Spartans and a Persian army. "It's not a sequel, but does not come before," said Santoro. "It's a film that takes place at about the same time of the battle that goes on in the first film."

The movie was titled 300: The Battle of Artemisia/Artemisium for a while, but last we heard it is currently untitled. Eva Green (Artemisia), Sullivan Stapleton (Themistocles) and Jamie Blackley (Calisto) are the other cast members in the film, which will be directed by Noam Murro. There has also been interest in Gerard Butler and Lena Headey to reprise their roles as King Leonidas and his wife, Queen Gorgo, in cameo appearances. Check back for more news on the 300 follow-up in the near future.










Source: UOL
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imnotwearinghockeypants - 3/13/2012, 6:44 AM
This is not a franchise. They should leave it alone.
PaulRom - 3/13/2012, 6:46 AM
@ShadowVoyd: Yeah I saw that when it was posted, but Variety (in their article reporting Sullivan Stapleton's casting) said that the film wasn't titled at the time. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118049935
devil - 3/13/2012, 8:08 AM
i hope he in it and they shound be filming 300 now
JohnTom88 - 3/13/2012, 8:39 AM
[frick] desperate shitty WB
Killuminatic - 3/13/2012, 9:55 AM
@BossWalsh Whoa... That's quite an ironic comment you got there Walsh. I understand how you feel and what you are trying to say about the ignorance; however, what you've said about "ignorance towards their own kind" - that's where it gets me. What do you mean by "their own kind"?. Do you really think Persian's were actually vile, barabaric men/creatures like what was depicted in the comic/movie? Also anyone would think of Xerxes as some creepy, irrational person at first sight in the movie, I bet even you have. Btw this matter did actually spark controversy in Iran at the time of release...look into it. So I'm not saying it is a right thing to make fun of/judge someone from appearance, however what I'm trying to say is it doesn't really matter what those guys have said/thought because firstly they are from a highly Islamic country and Islam dissaproves homosexuality, meaning they have a strong faith but just using a lot of negativity towards homosexuals - I'm a Muslim but I don't hate homosexuals and homosexulity tbh, and also those guys may have felt provoked because of how the Persians have been depicted. But I understand they shouldn't have been using homophobic remarks. Oh and more thing the Middle East is full of different countries, you've just judged them by saying "their own kind". These guys could be from Saudi Arabia or Palestine, which are two different countries but yet it gives you the right to judge them with the characters from the movie. I'm not taking a dig, I'm just saying pls think before you write something down...
theomegasanction - 3/13/2012, 2:15 PM
Gusto is right, you can play that game all day. I thought the first post was fine and I assumed by "own kind" he meant race of origin; which is fine because it is a factual statement. Did not see the need to call out for using "their own kind" given the context of his entire post. However the response post to me seemed asinine
theomegasanction - 3/13/2012, 2:16 PM
Now back to the comics and boobies!
Bane2099 - 3/13/2012, 4:34 PM
Didn't they recently report another actor was gonna play the role of Xerxes?

But I am glad Santoro will reprise his role, he was commanding...and creepy as Xerxes.
thetrojan - 3/13/2012, 6:12 PM

he would make a great namor
then again he would maybe just be the same as xerxes
blkyank - 3/14/2012, 1:27 AM
@theomegasanction

How is "own kind" a factual statement? Those guys only appeared to be
middle eastern.Unless BosWalsh asked them, he had no idea if they were Turks,Persians,Arabs,Indians or Pakistanis,all of whom have communities in Britain and very different histories. BosWalsh was suggesting that he was offended by those guys not because they were talking during a movie, but due to the fact that in his eyes, they were jeering at a character that was supposed to be representing them because he appeared to them to be homosexual. When I first saw Xerxes in 300, the first thought I had was "Dennis Rodman late 90's during his drag queen phase" while I busted out laughing. Clearly Xerxes was portrayed for laughs (and to provide a contrast with the noble,brave and hetro Spartans) and not as someone to be respected as one of the great conquerors of history. Xerxes was not a leader of men in 300 but rather, a foppish cowardly giant with a Jim Jones complex. BosWalsh was big enough to state that while pointing out ignorance regarding sexual orientation he may have unknowingly displayed cultural ignorance on his own part. That's not being asinine,it's making an observation.Sorry about letting PC ( I.E. the real world) break in here, so you can go back to your comics and boobies.

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