It seems that the upcoming 300 follow-up film, which was rumored to feature the first film's villain, pierced-Persian overlord, Xerxes, could actually see the return of the actor who portrayed him in the original.
Actor, Rodrigo Santoro, who underwent a radical transformation to play the buff, hedonistic, war-monger who believed himself to be a God, confirmed in an interview with international website, UOL, that he was in negotiations to reprise the role.
What, then, is the deal with this film?
As of now, the film is being referred to as either 300: Battle of Artemisia or 300: Battle Artemisium. (The difference is poetic, I suppose.) While rumors previously had it pegged as a prequel, it will apparently be more of a "spin-off," focusing on the historical naval battle of Artemisium, which was fought the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae, as featured in the first film.
With the possible return of stars, Gerard Butler as King Leonidas and Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo (just for cameos, most likely,) the film will seemingly look to expand the scope of the pseudo-historical epic and uber-bloody Greek battles, as they were presented in Frank Miller's original graphic novel.
Thus far, director, Noam Murro is locked at the helm. Bond girl, Eva Green is set as the titular character, Artemisia, who is known as a "gold-covered goddess" and will, like the famous Helen, have a face that launches a thousand ships, herself. She will be joining a cast currently populated with Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Blackley, and Andrew Pleavin.
No release date has been locked-down yet.