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Man, have I been late in my “Gods of the Arena” coverage. Starz had previously released two trailers for their upcoming mini-series, a teaser from way back and a proper trailer last month (see both of them below), plus the official cast photos. The mini-series tells the tell of the House of Batiatus before the arrival of Spartacus, and stars Dustin Clare as Gannicus, the previous arena champ.
The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus, whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control, he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry in this audacious prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” the highly anticipated prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus. Joining returning stars, John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) as Lucretia and Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus, will be additional cast members Dustin Clare (“Underbelly”) as Gannicus, Jaime Murray (“Hu$tle”) as Gaia and Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital”) as Melitta.
Get your fill of some more Roman sex and blood and violence January 21, 2011. Since Starz seems to be pretty non-committal about either going forth with a “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” season 2 without Andy Whitfield, or replacing him with a new star, this may be your only dose of “Spartacus” for a long, long time. And possibly, for good?