The new Spartacus was announced in a Starz Press Release:
Australian film and TV actor Liam McIntyre has excelled at a grueling and rigorous audition process to claim the title role in the second season of Starz? hit franchise, ?Spartacus,? Starz, LLC, President and CEO Chris Albrecht announced today.
McIntyre takes over the role of the Thracian warrior sold into slavery in the Roman Republic city of Capua ? where he rises to become the champion of the city ? before leading the slave revolt that ended Season 1. The part was played in the first season of ?Spartacus: Blood and Sand? by Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show in order due to health issues. Whitfield gave his blessing to the recasting.
?Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead ?Spartacus? forward,? Albrecht notes. ?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.?