Starz Makes it Official: Liam McIntyre is the New Spartacus

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After a lot of debate among the fanbase and rumors about what the Starz Network will do next now that star Andy Whitfield won’t be returning as Spartacus in the second season of the breakthrough hit “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, the network has finally made it official: Liam McIntyre, who was the last man standing when actors were screen-tested for the role months ago, has officially landed the gig.

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.”

Liam McIntyre made his mark in his native Australia on such series as “Neighbours,” and “Rush.” He also appeared in the HBO mini-series “The Pacific.” He recently completed his first feature starring role in the independent film Frozen Moments. McIntyre is currently in New Zealand, getting himself into gladiator shape in order to take on that iconic role.

With “Gods of the Arena”, the Spartacus prequel mini-series gearing up for a six-episode run, the second season of “Spartacus” will resume production by Spring of 2011. Production on the second season was already in full-swing last year when Whitfield was forced to withdraw for personal health reasons.

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

    Glad the show is moving forward. I’ll miss Andy. Seriously miss him cause he was just amazing in the part. McIntyre was my first choice as he has a similar facial structure to Whitfield, but his features aren’t as chiseled. I hope he has a decent voice too as that was a major thing that made Whitfield’s character to me was the strong voice, and the intensity of his look and how he played the character.

  • Bumb

    Idiot move.

  • Harding_darlene

    bad mistake, no-one can replace andy!!!

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

      Agreed! But the show must go on. Its a business first and to kill it now because the main actor can’t continue wouldn’t be good business OR the way actors do things. I mean look at stage acting. The main characters always have understudies in case something happens. I don’t think Andy would’ve given his blessing to Liam or the production if he didn’t believe he could do it, and I don’t think he’d want them to just end the show either.

  • http://twitter.com/ezabani Eduardo Zabani

    Really fucking sad, I love the show, but I bet it won’t be the same without Andy, hope he gets better really soon :(

  • Zeron

    It’s a blessing the show keeps going with it’s heart and soul placed into a new actor such as Liam. I heard he lost all of the weight through his new movie Frozen Moments does anyone know when this film is headed our way? From what I have read it sounds like a fantastic thriller to see.

  • mahjoli

    :'( …… i’m glad the show is continuing because when i watched the finale for season 1 i couldn’t wait for season 2…….i highly anticipated season 2 and seeing andy continue as spartacus, and so it will be difficult for me to watch someone else in his role…..however the show MUST go on, but i’ll definitely miss andy

  • kimboslice

    They wouldn’t replace him unless they were 100% sure he could play the part well. They did a fantastic job with the first 2 seasons, they’re not stupid. :)
    although andy will be much missed ):

  • Tifany

    ugly actor

  • Aaoguifoe

    It’s mistake for show

  • Pugiruk

    Liam isn’t charisma.
    go back Andy. please.
    Spartacus’ role can do only Andy.

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

      If it were that simple they would.

      Sent on the go!

    • Letsa

      You do know he’s dead, right? Would be hard for Andy to come back, unless he came back from Tartarus.