The time traveling heroes of Legends Of Tomorrow will meet another icon of history this fall, as the series has cast the role of the famous Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. With two seasons under its belt, Legends has sent its cast of misfits across the annals of time, from the prehistoric reign of the dinosaurs to the time of the Medieval knights and beyond.
The second season of the show ended with the Legends arriving in an alternate present in which dinosaurs roam the streets, among other anachronisms. They have utterly failed in their mission to maintain the proper course of history, and the third season will see them trying to clean up the mess they’ve made. Of course, that will involve even more time traveling, which we now know will include a stop in the Roman Empire.
CBR has learned that actor Simon Merrells (Spartacus) has been cast in the role of the Roman Empire’s most famous leader, the brilliant strategist who became a dictator and was ultimately assassinated by his closest advisors. Executive producer Phil Klemmer spoke about the casting during last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.
“We start out in 2017, obviously, but we’re going to take a trip back to Ancient Rome. We’re going to have Simon Merrells — he played Julius Caesar’s [patron Crassus] on Spartacus — who’s going to be playing Julius Caesar on our show.”
Merrells is just the latest Spartacus alumni to pop up in the Arrowverse, with Manu Bennett, Todd Lasance, Liam McIntyre, Nick Tarabay, and Katrina Law preceding him.
It’s unclear exactly when in Caesar’s career the Legends will arrive in Rome, though at 52, Merrells is just about the perfect age to play the Emperor in his final days (Caesar died at 55). Knowing the show’s penchant for dropping its characters in the middle of critical points in history, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Legends actually witness Caesar’s assassination, or perhaps even inadvertently cause it – or, given the way the timeline has changed, they’re forced to make it happen in order to fix history.
It’s always fun to see the Legends’ version of history and myth play out on TV. Trips into the past to meet the likes of King Arthur, J.R.R. Tolkien and even a young George Lucas have been pretty entertaining so far, and there is certainly plenty of drama to be mined out of the Roman Empire setting. It’ll be interesting to see what mission takes the Legends back to Caesar’s era, and whether he’ll be a friend or foe to the time-traveling heroes.
Legends of Tomorrow season 3 premieres on Tuesday, October 10 at 9pm on The CW.
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