Andy Whitfield’s Spartacus Replacements Narrowed Down to 3
Nov 08, 2010 - By Krystal Clark 147
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Andy Whitfield Show Starz.com/Spartacus Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena OnStarz. Get Exclusive Videos & More! A month ago it was revealed that the Starz network along with producers of the hit show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand“ had plans to replace Andy Whitfield as the title character. Unfortunately, the actor has been fighting a battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is currently undergoing serious treatment. The series has been postponed in the past to accommodate Whitfield’s condition but this time they were left with two options, cancel the show or recast the character. They went with the latter and now 3 new actors are on the short list to pick up where Whitfield left off.
According to Deadline, the three actors vying for the Spartacus role include Brit Aiden Turner (from “All My Children”), Canadian Stephen Amell, (Closing the Ring) and Australian Liam McIntyre (“The Pacific”). The casting notice for the replacement read: “a 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.”
McIntyre is the youngest out of this group clocking in at 28 years old, and looking like a mix between Stephen Moyer and Sam Worthington. We’re not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but judging from his headshot (he’s the one in the blue shirt) he makes it work. Amell looks the most like Whitfield out of the trio thanks to his ridiculous cheekbones, while Turner is slightly older than the other two but closest to Whitfield’s age.
The jury’s still out on who will get chosen, but they’ve got a little time to ponder their final decision. Before the show returns they’ll have to work on the Spartacus prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, which is slated to air in January.
What do you think of the 3 Spartacus candidates? Who should they choose?