Liam McIntyre has replaced Andy Whitfield in Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 as Spartacus and possible beyond in the popular Starz sword and sand TV show. There has been months of speculation – written about here: Andy Whitfield replaced as Spartacus in Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 – on who would replace Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. That speculation has come to a close.
Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead ‘Spartacus’ forward,” Chris Albrecht, Starz president and CEO, said in the casting announcement. “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.
McIntyre is currently in New Zealand, getting himself into gladiator shape. Production is slated to resume in the spring.
The series, which earned the highest ratings of any Starz original series, helped the channel reposition itself within the cable universe and spurred the creation of new original series.
I will miss Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. He brought heart and compassion to the role and he was easy to root for in the series. Liam McIntyre – who was recently on the HBO mini-series The Pacific – has big shoes to fill. Lets all hope he can do it, Andy gets better, and Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 2 is a success. What do you think of Liam McIntyre replaces Andy Whitfield in Spartacus: Blood and Sand?