Will the next 300 pic be sequel or prequel? Star finally explains

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

We've heard a bit of buzz about Frank Miller's proposed 300 follow-up Battle of Artemisia, but co-star Rodrigo Santoro, aka Xerxes, has finally explained what we can expect from the new film.

In an interview with Collider, Santoro let slip that the film will start shooting in July. So, yes, it is really happening. Finally.

He also opened up about whether the movie will be a prequel, or a sequel. Apparently it's both. Or neither. Or something.

"I think they're calling it a spinoff 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," he said. "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."

Santoro also said the new flick will dig quite a bit deeper into Xerxes' backstory. The character was featured in 300 but didn't get a ton of screen time.

"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."

Sound off: Do you like the idea of doing a "spinoff"?

(Via Collider)