Starz Makes it Official: Spartacus Recasting is Under Way

We here at BeyondHollywood.com love us some “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”. Mostly it’s because of the blood, and the sand, and the sex. Hey, that’s just how we roll.

Previously, we’ve chronicled “Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield’s battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his recovery, and subsequent backward slide. We also floated the possibility that the network might be considering either recasting the title role of Spartacus, or going with a new, central character.

It’s now official: Starz will recast Spartacus.

If you’re interested in replacing Whitfield, Starz is looking for “a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to play the ‘smart, intense, passionate title role. Interested parties must have an authentic British accent and be prepared to sign a three-year contract.’

Starz is currently at work on a “Spartacus” prequel mini-series called “Gods of the Arena”, which was intended as a holdover until Whitfield could return to shoot Season Two. The second season of “Spartacus” is expected to shoot as soon as production on the mini-series wraps, though that might be delayed a tad now that the network is in search of a new Spartacus.



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

    I’m guessing it’s gonna be a newcomer. Cause I just can’t see any established actor doing the part justice right now.

  • Pawle76

    That’s unfortunate I really liked Andy as Sparty. I think an unknown would probably be the way to go.

    • Brent

      I know, Whitfield really carried the series for me a lot of the time.

  • Pawle76

    That’s unfortunate I really liked Andy as Sparty. I think an unknown would probably be the way to go.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BZBUOXY42MWKDTFMTQIXVNUB24 Dominique

    GODDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adanedhlel

    For me there is only one actor very similar to Andy – Sam Worthington, but it’s impossible he wanted to play in TV series….

  • Candykane123

    i think that if anyone was to replace him, god forbid, it should be sam worthington. he has a similar accent, is attractive, fit, and has a similar look, although not as mouth-watering. i think that if andy gets better after the second season then they should bring him back for the third. it wont be the same without him but it would still be decent with sam.
    chloe

  • Sing2009

    The producers should check out Jason Downs. Saw him on IMBD.

    • me

      Sorry, IMDB

    • me

      Sorry, IMDB

  • Soundbwoikillah

    Alexander Skarsgard, the guy who played Brad iceman Colbert in Generation Kill is my choice.

  • Soundbwoikillah

    Alexander Skarsgard, the guy who played Brad iceman Colbert in Generation Kill is my choice.

  • Juliya

    Alexander Skarsgard? no way!!! Sam Worthington would rock!! Sad to see Andy go and hope he beats this cancer!