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Starz Is Recasting Spartacus, They've Decided

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It has to be done, unfortunately.

Starz has put officially put out a casting notice looking for someone to replace Andy Whitfield on Spartacus. Since the actor has been advised by his doctors to resume "aggressive treatment" for his lymphoma, the studio was faced with a decision to either end the show all together or recast their star.

It seems the choice has been made.

It's a truly sucky situation for Andy, but his health is much more important!

We just hope he gets better soon!

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16 comments to “Starz Is Recasting Spartacus, They've Decided”



  1. 1

    Big Fan Of The Show. Get Better Soon Andy!



  2. 2

    That saddens me. He was so absolutely fantastic in that role. No actor is going to be able to replace him. He was just too great. And plus, I felt a connection to him playing that role. That's what made the show so great for me. I cared so much about Spartacus because of the way Andy Whitefield played him, now whenever I see the new actor playing him I'm just gonna keep thinking of Andy and how it should be him in that role. I honestly would have rather the show end then bringing someone else in. I'm really gonna miss him. Great actor and seems like a very kind person, I hope he kicks this cancer in the ass.



  3. 3

    this is truly sad. i cant see how the show would be the same with a replacement. he has become the embodiment of Spartacus. i'll still watch it though. i think his health issues have been going on for a while now so i really do hope he gets better soon.



  4. 4

    Andy was Spartacus! But I'm sure Andy would say it is unfair to end everyone else's opportunity for the show. He has proved to be an incredible talent and will easily have an far-reaching career WHEN he beats the lymphoma. Go Andy! God bless you and your family. We love you.



  5. 5

    Damn. Mixed emotions with this decision. I LOVE this show and want it to continue, but Andy IS Spartacus now for this show. How can they possibly recreate this casting? They can't… Damn.



  6. 6

    so sad. be well Andy! I really can't see anyone else in this role even though I want the show to go on I just can't imagine it.



  7. 7

    Cast Taylor Kinney!



  8. 8

    I'm heartbroken! Love the show, love Andy. However, when it's one's life at stake we would all make the same decision. Good Luck, Andy! Get better soon!



  9. 9

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's TERRIBLE news. Poor, poor beautiful Andy. I really, really hope he gets better soon. What a blow, to have cancer AND lose your breakout role?! AGH THE FATES ARE CRUEL! He will be sorely missed, he was so perfect as Spartacus! I probably won't watch the show anymore if the new Spartacus doesn't add up! SPEEDY RECOVERY ANDY!



  10. 10

    i hate this. the show won't be the same. can't they have him go away for a while, bring in a new main character then bring him back once he's well??? damnit

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    11

    It will never be as good as it was without Andy. Let's be honest, he was the one who made the show worth watching. I think they should just end it… no point in making something lackluster.



  12. 12

    WHAAAAT?! Andy IS spartacus!!! I can't imagine them finding a better replacement. The show won't be the same without him…



  13. 13

    such a drag! I love Andy's character and hope he beats cancer this time around.



  14. 14

    Oh gosh, Andy was SO awesome in this roll. I'm going to miss his character. What a shame that he has to deal with this. I wish him all the luck in the world. Speedy recovery Andy!!!



  15. 15

    I CAN'T AND WON'T WATCH SEASON 2 W/ OUT ANDY. HE MADE THE BEST CHOICE FOR HIS HEALTH AND FAMILY. HOWEVER, I DON'T ENVISION ENJOYING A NEW SPARATCUS. I HOPE I'M WRONG CUZ I LOVE CRIXUS BUT I DON'T THINK I AM.



  16. 16

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the worst news ever.