Starz Casts Liam McIntyre as New Lead in ‘Spartacus’

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Liam McIntyre Spartacus Starz Casts Liam McIntyre as New Lead in Spartacus

Starz recently publicized that it would be seeking an actor to replace Spartacus lead, Andy Whitfield, as he continues his cancer treatment.

Now, the network has made its choice, Australian actor Liam McIntyre will take over the role of Spartacus in the long overdue second season of the hit cable program Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

On the heels of what was undoubtedly an arduous casting process, to find a suitable replacement for the face of their burgeoning franchise, Starz president and CEO, Chris Albrecht said in a statement:

Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward. It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting the part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with this 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.”

For the role, McIntyre bested several other candidates, which had recently been whittled down to include Stephen Arnell and Aiden Turner. While McIntyre most certainly attracted producers with his acting ability, his close resemblance to Whitfield likely did not hinder the networks decision. McIntyre’s face, if not his name, will likely be familiar to viewers of the HBO miniseries The Pacific, where he played Lew in the episode entitled Iwo Jima. Also, like fellow Aussie actor Ben Lawson, McIntyre has been featured on the long–running Australian soap opera Neighbours.

The announcement of McIntyre’s casting is well-timed as the premiere of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is just days away. Gods, a six episode miniseries set prior to the first season of Spartacus, debuts on Starz January 21.

Spartacus Gods of the Arena Starz Casts Liam McIntyre as New Lead in Spartacus

According to representatives at the network, McIntyre is already on hand in New Zealand to begin his training. The actor will have precious little time to get in the kind of gladiatorial fighting shape needed, as production on Spartacus: Blood and Sand resumes this April in New Zealand.

The show is slated to return to the airwaves around this time next year.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. That’s too bad, I didn’t realize they had to replace him. Hope Andy wins that particular battle.

  2. He’s going to be in a world of hurt trying to get into shape for this. Ouch! Good luck mate.
    I’m just now watching the series on Amazon VOD! tad disappointed that our hero kept getting his butt whooped early, but hey! It’s still a pretty good flick.

  3. That really sucks… I really liked whitfield in the first season. I thought he was ready to go for the second season, its too bad to hear he’s still battling cancer, hopefully he recovers soon.

    I’m hoping this new guy does justice.

  4. I’m not sure about this whole thing. To me Andy Whitfield is Spartacus & that’s that. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a show where they’ve switched actors between season.
    Can you imagine watching Angel where he is played by anyone other than David Boreanez? Or Smallville with anyone but Tom Welling as Clark?? I can’t.
    Certain actors become so recognisable as they’re characters that it just won’t work with anyone else, especially in a character driven shows like Spartacus.
    Why not say this guy is a completely new character, a gladiator who was trained by the mighty Spartacus and call it Spartacus: Legacy or something.

    • Ur a retard. Read a book or something.

  5. Spartacus: Legacy?! HAHAHAHAHA

  6. Man, I hope Andy Whitfield recovers from his cancer. He really seems like a pretty cool guy. He even did some skit with this guy on youtube because he liked one of his other youtube videos. Doesn’t seem like someone who is full of himself or anything. Best of luck to him. Spartacus was a good show, you all should go see it if you haven’t yet.

  7. Well i Am Mad that Whitfield is battling cancer but this new guy better stone me away the moment he hits the screen If he stands Wrong or dosent even looks into the camrea Like Andy does im Done…I know im setting him up for failure but I just can’t see him playing it so much has gone into the character from the way he looks stands and Breaths while Glaring down the Evil Legotist and his Wife. Im gonna hate ithe show but watch it cause I think Crixis is a BEAST!!!

  8. Andy really grew on me over the course of the first season. I will definitely miss him, but I hope he will get better. I really thought this would be like Dexter, but no such luck. I have missed the show and will be watching the prequel tonight.

  9. I pray that Andy will be able to fight his cancer and have a long and happy life. By his portrayal of Spartacus in the first season he has given us all a wonderful gift. We will miss him, surely, but he has to do what is needed for himself and his family. God Bless You, Andy.

    • Well, more important than his on-screen performances, he’s actually a up-and-up guy in real life. Not full of himself like other actors. Of course he’s not really famous yet, but you can tell he’s a very down-to-earth guy.

    • Geez, what a switch then, because the original star Andy Whitfield seems to be such a stand-up guy in real life. Now he’s being replaced by someone who seems to be quite opposite… But that’s just from one article’s point-of-view, but I surely hope not…