Liam McIntyre is the Last Man Standing to Replace Andy Whitfield as Spartacus

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Well, for now, anyway.

The last time we reported on a possible replacement for Andy Whitfield in the Starz Channel’s “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, it was revealed that three candidates were being flown to New Zealand where the show is shot to screen test for the cast and crew. The three frontrunners were Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre.

Now Deadline has updated their initial story with this news: Amell and Turner are out of the running, leaving Liam McIntyre as the lone possible Whitfield replacement.

Or maybe not. Huh?

Deadline clarifies:

But I hear Starz brass is considering all options for its hit series, including the possibility of ending it or bringing in someone else for the lead.

So, still a big cloud around who will land the gig, or if “Spartacus” will even return for a second season, apparently. Honestly, I don’t know why they wouldn’t continue the show. TV is a business, after all, and I’m sure the fanbase will understand that the “show must go on” if you will, especially in light of Whitfield’s situation.

As a fan of the show, I’m very curious how it will all shake out. I like Whitfield and all, but it’s the story that matters for me, and the character of Spartacus, and it would suck if we didn’t see where ths slave rebellion eventually ends up.

Here’s another pic of McIntyre. He actually looks a bit like Whitfield. And Sam Worthington, now that I think about it. Must be an Aussie thing.

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  • brent wacker

    this guy will not do…………… wait for andy 1,2,3 years if you have to.. if not this show is gone with in a year, mark my words!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      As a fan I agree they should wait, but from a business persepctive, they can’t wait that long. If (god forbid) he doesn’t get better in that time, they would’ve waited for nothing. As I said above, the old addage “The show must go on!” is the right way to go. Not that it’s the same at all, but if an actor dies, movie companies don’t halt filming, they find a way around it. Sir Richard Harris was the first Dumbledor, and he got two movies in and was brilliant, alas he passed away, and WB had to find a replacement for the next 5 films (6 after they broke Deathly Hollows up into 2 films) That could have been seriously tragic, but they found the right actor in Michael Gambon, and all is well with the franchise. Not even giving Liam isnt fair as we’ve not seen him in anything before. A closer example is when an actor is slated for a role, but declines it later, new casting has to be done, with new screen tests and such. Wolverine was originall supposed to be played by Dougray Scott, but he took MI:2 instead, and we got Hugh Jackman instead and I think ti was for the better. So give Liam a chance. I love Andy in the role, but I want the show to continue.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      As a fan I agree they should wait, but from a business persepctive, they can’t wait that long. If (god forbid) he doesn’t get better in that time, they would’ve waited for nothing. As I said above, the old addage “The show must go on!” is the right way to go. Not that it’s the same at all, but if an actor dies, movie companies don’t halt filming, they find a way around it. Sir Richard Harris was the first Dumbledor, and he got two movies in and was brilliant, alas he passed away, and WB had to find a replacement for the next 5 films (6 after they broke Deathly Hollows up into 2 films) That could have been seriously tragic, but they found the right actor in Michael Gambon, and all is well with the franchise. Not even giving Liam isnt fair as we’ve not seen him in anything before. A closer example is when an actor is slated for a role, but declines it later, new casting has to be done, with new screen tests and such. Wolverine was originall supposed to be played by Dougray Scott, but he took MI:2 instead, and we got Hugh Jackman instead and I think ti was for the better. So give Liam a chance. I love Andy in the role, but I want the show to continue.

  • Steveg63

    What an incredible actor Andy Whitfield is. I can only hope that Liam can fill the role. Thjis is such a wonderful series, one that has had myself riveted to my screen episode after episode. Please continue it for many more seasons.

  • Jmeador89

    lol if you want to know what happens with the slave rebellion then read a history book.

    Andy was amazing in his role, but this new guy may be awesome as well. so just wait til it comes out before you start judging this dude.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Exactly!! People are discounting him before they’ve even seen him.

  • Langdon5

    The guy is a 28 twink verus Andy at 37, and the other gladiators are older muscled out guys..cant see realism in him being seen as a god…really have to roid him out..