Rodrigo Santoro is Back as Xerxes in '300: Rise of an Empire!'

300: Rise of an Empire is hitting theaters this Friday, March 7! The new chapter of the blockbuster hit, 300, stars Brasilero Rodrigo Santoro. Santoro is reprising his role as mortal-turned-god Xerxes. His performance as Xerxes in the 2007 film made him the first Brazilian actor to receive an MTV Movie Award nomination.

300: Rise of an Empire takes the action to a new battlefield -- the sea. The film pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

Take a peek at Santoro in his role as Xerxes in Rise of an Empire:

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One of the amazing posters from 300: Rise of an Empire, featuring Rodrigo Santoro in his full Xerxes look. You can't even recognize him!

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A second Xerxes poster with a bald, heavily pierced Santoro.

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Santoro as Xerxes is seen here with Artemisia (played by Eva Green)

4. Rodrigo Santoro in 300: Rise of An Empire 4

This action-packed still of Santoro as Xerxes is super caliente!

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All hail Xerxes.

6. Rodrigo Santoro in 300: Rise of An Empire 6

This still of Santoro as Xerxes screams mortal-turned-god perfection.

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A scenic moment as Xerxes looks out to the land beyond.

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An image of Santoro as Xerxes while still a mortal.

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A film theme-appropriate image of Xerxes rising.