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300 star Rodrigo Santoro has clarified details about Battle of Artemisia, the much-anticipated follow-up to the original Spartan vs. Persian battle movie 300, which shot actor Gerard Butler to fame in 2006.

Rodrigo, who will be once more playing the role of Persian King Xerxes, confirmed that the movie is due to be shot this summer, and depict ancient historical events that took place alongside the storyline of its predecessor.

The actor told Collider: “I think they’re calling it a spin-off because it’s not exactly a prequel, it’s not a sequel. It takes place in the same time, you start a little earlier but then you see that it’s like a different point of view, a different camera, a different angle.

“While that battle was happening, the one that you saw in 300, there was another battle happening next to it and you will have a chance to see all of that happening and how they interact. I don’t want to ruin it.”

Rodrigo went on to reveal that this film will focus much more on his character’s childhood and how he became the Persian King: “I think they will try to do a little backstory on Xerxes and they will explain how he became ‘the God King’, which I’m excited about.”

He added: “I don’t know what it’s going to be. I’ve never played a character twice. It’s interesting. I think the challenging thing for me now will be to try to bring something new for the fans, for the audience and for myself just to make it interesting to play it again.”

The film is to be directed by Noam Murro, and it has already been revealed that Casino Royale actress Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton will be starring alongside Rodrigo in the Frank Miller graphic novel adaptation.

“We start shooting in July. They’re working on the very, well you never know, but last draft of the script. I think they’re calling it a spin-off because it’s not exactly a prequel, it’s not a sequel. It takes place in the same time, you start a little earlier but then you see that it’s like a different point of view, a different camera, a different angle. While that battle was happening, the one that you saw in 300, there was another battle happening next to it and you will have a chance to see all of that happening and how they interact. I don’t want to ruin it.”

Also, as Santoro had stated before, there will be an explanation of Xerxes backstory and how he became the God-King:

“They are working on, right now, trying to explain it, I think they will try to do a little backstory on Xerxes and they will explain how he became ‘the God King,’ which I’m excited about. I don’t know what it’s going to be. I’ve never played a character twice. It’s interesting. I think the challenging thing for me now will be to try to bring something new for the fans, for the audience and for myself just to make it interesting to play it again.”

Santoro also commented on the amount of effort it takes not only to play the God-King Xerxes, but to be transformed into him:

“I’ve got to be honest, it’s a real hard process to get there, not only working out like crazy, [but also] shaving. I’ve got to shave all over my body. It’s a really intense, bizarre character, so it’s a lot of work to get there. Make-up: like five or six hours of make-up every day. When you see it, it looks cool, but there’s a lot of work behind it. That’s all very challenging and I’m looking forward to it. I hope it’s going to be great.”

Check out the video interview below for more from Santoro and 300: Battle of Artemisia.

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