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Andy Whitfield exits SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND: Season 2 to Fight Cancer


Andy Whitfield and Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 will not be happening. Andy WhitField has been forced to drop out of Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 because of a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that had been in remission. Whitfield spoke of his readiness to begin training for Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con here: Spartacus: Blood and Sand: San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Panel. Last Friday Whitfield reported otherwise:

“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved,” Whitfield said in a statement. “It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far.”

The six part prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand is still set to air in January of 2011. Starz had this to say about withdrawing from Season 2 of their most popular series to date:

“Our hearts and prayers are with Andy and his family during this difficult time,” Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “Andy is not only an incredible actor whose portrayal of Spartacus made an indelible impression on Starz audiences, he is also an amazing human being whose courage, strength, and grace in the face of adversity have inspired all of us.”

I’m guessing that Spartacus will be re-cast. There is no way Starz is going to let their golden goose sit on a shelf or worse yet, fall into shadow. Who would you pick to replace Andy Whitfield as Spartacus?

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  • Shocktroop04

    A quarterback should never lose his job to an injury and Whitfield should not be replaced by another actor. Give him time to recover. There are only a few actors that will be hard to replace if they are recast. Whitfield is a must though. Give him tme. The fans will wait. I know I will.

  • Peter paul

    who is replacing him ? ? ?

  • There are only a few actors that will be hard to replace if they are recast. Whitfield is a must though. Give him tme. The fans will wait. I know I will.

    Oh well, get well Andy, that’s whats important :/

    Tbh they should just drop the project if he isn’t to return, the show had lots of good cast members mmmmmm Viva Bianca (yum!) but the front man is what made the show. I would be happy as hell with only the first season and I am sure most fans would say the same. My heart goes out to he and his family.

  • Mimi

    This is awful news!!!!!! 🙁 There’s no one… ABSOLUTELY… no one that can replace Andy Whitfield. He makes the show!!! If he gets replaced many fans will be very disappointed and possibly not watch season 2. Im very patient and Im willing to wait for as long as it takes for Andy to get better and come back. Please, please, please just give him time. WE LOVE YOU ANDY!!!

  • Jerome

    i would love andy to come back, but i also want the story to continue. if andy could not come back within a years time, i would like sam worthington to play Spartacus. He has the look to play the part. maybe he need to bulk up a little but he definitely had it in him to play Spartacus.

  • I do not think they will drop it. They will either wait, recast Spartacus or extend the prequel.

  • I’m willing to wait as well for Andy to get well and return to the role.

  • Worthington is not a bad choice but why would he stop making movies for a TV series, even a good one like Spartacus?

  • No one yet.

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  • Daisydeborah08

    I absolutely LOVE Andy Whitfield. Having said that…..What about having Max Martini take the role…UNTIL Andy can take it back??? They even look a little alike….

  • Missy1625

    I agree that Sam Worthington with some bulking up would be the best choice for replacement. Our prayers go to Andy and his family and we very much loved everything he brought to the show. If they decided to wait until he recovers and can return, we would wait for him, if they do go with recasting, I hope Sam gets it, we really like him too.

  • Tans

    I say the same thing no can replace him….he’s the best there is when it comes to this role…I can’t think of another person playing I’ve gotten so use to him! Love you Andy Whitfield…get well soon!

  • Andy2ny

    Simple. Andy Whitfield only, I would be completely happy to wait however long it takes, 2 years, 3 years , 5 years, whatever for Andy to take the role back up. The show just is not the show with anyone else. The only 1 other person I agree is maybe Sam Worthington, I could maybe accept that but lets be honest, hes an A list hollywood star with 2 more Avatar films to make, its not gonna happen. I just hope they dont jump in on the success of Spartacus series one and re cast and understand season one was so good fans wont mind waiting, they wont forget and however long it takes they will pick right back up where it left off when Andy is ready. Thoughts with you and your family Andy mate…

  • They are circling Wentworth Miller for the lead role.

    If they wait for Andy, they will lose other actors/actresses and writers. They will move on to different projects.

  • Abmezenriquez

    someone who as good as Andy acting wise. good looking like him or someone of his resemblance if possible.

  • Alohadawn_williams


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