Australian actor Liam McIntyre will take over the role as Spartacus on next season’s Spartacus: Blood And Sand.
Casting has been going on for quite a while after star Andy Whitfield had to depart the series to resume treatment for cancer.
“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. “It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going.”
Season two of Spartacus: Blood And Sand will debut next year.