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Andy Whitfield replaced as Spartacus in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND: Season 2


Andy Whitfield will be replaced as Spartacus in the upcoming second season of StarzSpartacus: Blood and Sand. This was inevitable, especially after Andy Whitfield exits Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 to Fight Cancer. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is Starz’s highest rated show ever (I believe, do not quote me). Starz had only three choices after Andy stepped down: cancel the series, wait for Whitfield again (not knowing how long his recovery could take) or replace him and move on.  The economic decision was made and I bare no ill will for Starz for making it. At least the show continues and everyone else not killed in Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1, Ep. 13: Kill Them All is returning.

Like I said previously, there was no way Starz was going to let this show sit on the shelf indefinitely. There was too much money to be made. Also do not forget that show producers might have lost more of the original cast if they had waited any longer. Cast members might have gone and signed up for other shows and film projects in the interval and have become unavailable to re-up their parts. Better to lose one pivotal actor than five or six.

Another regrettable fact about Andy stepping down: Show producers won’t be able to use any of the footage of Whitfield from the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, including those with his wife. New flash back scenes will have to be shot. All Andy footage where his face is shown can not be used. Too bad.

The official casting call for the new Spartacus:

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.

So what do you think about this latest Spartacus: Blood and Sand development? Who is your choice to play Spartacus in Season 2? Will you be watching Season 2 with a new Spartacus?

Update: Liam McIntyre replaces Andy Whitfield: Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Source: Zimbo


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  • Channing Tatum… Okay of course I’m joking! Is Clive Owen looking for work?

  • Whoever they get they have a lot of training ahead of them.

  • Etaya

    No one can truly take the place of Andy 🙁 but if anyone can do it it might be Henry Cavill. yummy man

  • Anita

    The show will not be the same without Andy. Whoever they will not be good enough.
    I for one will not watch his replacement,better to have a good show than to have someone try to take his place and have a flop. I think these actors and Starz should wait for him to get well (and he will) as he was the one that made this show a hit. I am sorry that they wont wait for him. My prayers are with Andy and his family I love the show I watch it over and over,and I am 74 years old,but I know when someone is a hot item, and Andy is.

  • Jesus 🙂

  • They are thinking of Wentworth Miller for the role.

    If they wait, they might lose other actors. Starz have bills to play.

  • Brain_damage_shrestha

    Our family prays for andy and his health. He was born to play the role for Spartacus.
    We don’t think anybody can replace him. We truly wished production would have waited for his return, having said that, without Andy the show loses it’s enthusiasm. We will probably be not watching the show. Starz, you just lost 10 regular viewers.

  • Ms. Anne

    How about Sam Worthington? He has a close resemblance with Andy.. Though I think he needs to gain Andy’s physique.. I also hope he has the same passion as Andy’s as Spartacus.. I’ll truly miss Andy! He will always be Spartacus! Get well soon! Our prayers are with you! We know you can fight your cancer..

  • Brian Jordan73

    There is no way this can be happening! Andy Whitfield is SPARTUCUS! I cant believe God is letting this happen to him! Tears fill my eyes when I imagine the Man who gave us all such a gift of his spectular performance, Dieing! Noone will ever replace you Andy, Itll be like the Crow without Brandon lee. I just prey you get better Andy thanks for the first and only real season of Spartacus, God bless you man, you will never be forgotten!
    Andy Whitfield is Spartucus! Forever!!!

  • Www Jwulnyah

    ilike how they all act

  • Mkr 6991

    I am actually depressed Andy Whitfield can’t act in Season 2.. I sat here for 2 days straight watching entire season 1 and it is the best 2 days I’ve ever had. To watch it without Andy Whitfield hurts me inside 🙁

  • Mkr 6991

    Andy isn’t dying… jerk.

  • Me too but I am looking forward to season 2, especially after Gods of the Arena.

  • I feel sorry for people that don’t have Starz, they have truly missed the greatest mini series ever presented on tv , cable, the theatre or any other film venue for that matter.
    The writers go far beyond there duties, as well as all others affiliated with this production.
    I will go to my grave knowing I have seen the best the screen has to offer .
    Much Gratitude !!

  • I liked the first two segments of the mini series more than the third.

    i wish Rome got three seasons.

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