Santoro says of the connection between both films: “I think it will match, because the idea is matching -- characters and style and all that. Especially because they're calling it like a spinoff, you get bits of the first movie. There's a place where they meet, the first movie and the second movie, but it's a different director.” Even though Snyder did not direct, he has been involved as a writer and producer.
This new installment will be directed by Noam Murro which will mark his highest profile release to date. Santoro continues saying: “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.”
Though “300” was based on a Frank Miller graphic novel, “300: Rise of an Empire” is an original tale based on the primary source. Santoro who plays the villain Xerxes, says of the presence his character will take: “It would be about Xerxes at first, but then they changed the whole thing. I would say that you get to know a little bit about [Xerxes'] backstory, which I thought is pretty cool.”
“300: Rise of an Empire” is set to storm theaters August 2013.