On the surface, Xerxes appears a pious and devoted guardian of the faith, administering religious ceremonies and festivals to honor Athens' chosen Gods. But in reality he's a practical and ruthless operator who manipulates the faithful to his advantage. Medea is his greatest adversary. She knows her husband, the king, cannot thrive without his support, but also knows that Xerxes is constantly looking for ways to usurp her. His greatest ally is Pallas, the king's brother, who he believes is better suited to lead Athens.
About Cas Anvar
Cas Anvar is a multitalented and award-winning actor. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Anvar's professional career began upon graduating from Canada's prestigious National Theatre School.
Anvar's big break came with his role in the Cruise/Wagner film Shattered Glass, alongside an A-list cast including Hayden Christiansen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny. Anvar is no stranger to working with Hollywood elite, showing his versatility on the big screen with roles opposite Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Argo, Naomi Watts in the Princess Diana biopic Diana (starring as Dodi Fayed), with Jake Gyllenhaal in the sci-fi adventure Source Code, and John Cusak in the suspense thriller The Factory. His film credits also include Steven Spielberg's The Terminal (with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones), the feature comedy Miss India America (with Hannah Simone of "New Girl"), and the horror thriller The Vatican Tapes (starring Dougray Scott and Michael Pena).
The actor has been nominated for two Actra awards and two Gemini awards, and won the SAG award for Best Ensemble Cast for his role in Argo. Along with his film and television acting, Anvar's other passion is voice work. He is well known for his roles in some of the world's most popular video games: Call of Duty: BO2, Halo 4, and as Altair in Assassins Creed: Revelations.
On the small screen, Anvar has appeared on CBS's NCIS:LA, USA network's In Plain Sight, ABC's Boston Legal, Castle, CBS's Intelligence, and the hit series 24 (with Kiefer Sutherland).
When he's not working, Anvar enjoys playing paintball with his teammates The Suave Bastards and buzzing around in their custom made tank The Mighty Bastard.
You can follow him on Twitter @casanvar