From this morning’s Cynopsis:
Starz cast Australian actor Liam McIntyre (HBO’s Pacific) as Spartacus for the second season of the series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Andy Whitfield originated the role during the series’ first season and was forced to bow out of further production due to his ongoing health issues. According to the network, Whitfield gave his consent to the recasting. Production on new episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand begin this spring with Spartacus instigating fellow slaves to rebel against Rome. The six-episode prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premieres January 21 at 10p on Starz.
It will be tough for anyone to follow Andy Whitfield, and the show won’t be the same without him. Here’s hoping McIntyre pulls it off.
I don’t have high hopes for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, but I am still looking forward to some schlocky fun this weekend. Maybe it will surprise me. Blood & Sand certainly did. Here’s a trailer: