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It's Down To Two! Who Will Replace Andy Whitfield On Spartacus: Blood And Sand?

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Given the really tragic circumstances surrounding this, it will be a pretty somber victory for either of these guys.

After actor Andy Whitfield's cancer returned in September and forced him to resign from his title role on the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the second season of the show has been in limbo as producers attempt to find a suitable replacement for the part.

Although three relatively unknown actors were said to be in contention, sources close to the production are now linking former Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell as the number one choice to replace Whitfield!

The actor is said to have e-mailed a screen-test to the Starz head honchos last Friday, and the decision is now between him and Liam McIntyre, whom we're hearing may not have the muscular frame to convincingly portray the character!

Hmm. We definitely think Liam looks a lot more like Andy, but he definitely needs to be pretty jacked if he's going to be a gladiator, so we can understand why Dominic has been pulled in for consideration, as well!

This is a toughie!

What do U think?? Who should get the part??

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23 comments to “It's Down To Two! Who Will Replace Andy Whitfield On Spartacus: Blood And Sand?”

  1. 1

    Go Dominic! Absolutely loved him in Prison Break!

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    no one can replace Andy. I dont know if i'd still watch the show anymore. Bummer!

  5. 5

    I want Dominic Purcell, he's super hot and jacked! I could watch anything he's in.

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    Best show EVER!!!

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    Please not the Prison Break guy. He will always be "the Prison Break guy." You can change your body, but it's much harder to change your face.
    Andy is irreplacable, but at least make the attempt NOT be "the Prison Break guy!"

  8. 8

    Eh, they should just fold the show. It wasn't really very good to begin with. The only good thing about that show was getting to finally see Xena's ta-tas.

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    Ey isnt the 2nd season done already? The 2nd season has nothing to do with Spartacus it's based and built on the story before he arrived. It's not even called Blood and Sand * that's the 1st season * the 2nd season is called Gods of The Arena. Where are you getting your info from?

  10. Jai says – reply to this


    My vote goes to Dominic Purcell.

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    Re: R3D V3LVET – No the 2nd season is a 6 episode prequel they put together focusing on Batiatus and Lucretia before Sparticus entered the picture. And the reason they decided to go this route was to delay for Andy Whitfield after his first bout of cancer.

    I'm so torn on this because no one can replace Andy in this roll.. But I loved the show so much, that I know there is no way I can NOT watch when it finally does return.

  12. 12

    And that Dominic guy kind of resembles Crixus too much.. So I don't think I'd choose him..

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    noone is being replaced…andy will be in 2 episodes out of 6…but this season will focus of Lucy Lawless and her husband…..and the main gladiator will be some new guy…when andy is well enough again..they are going to jump back to him being the main gladiator…

  15. Dusss says – reply to this


    Dominic Purcell!!

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    Dominic! He looks every bit the gladiator and he's worthy eye candy.

  17. Laura says – reply to this


    Dominic Purcell is big but he's not that good of an actor, especially im thinking, in a period piece.

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    I like Dominic, but he's not really a good actor. At least from what I've seen him in. Maybe he's gotten better though, so if they do pick him, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
    Of course we're all used to Whitfield playing him, but I'm sure whoever they get to replace him will do just as well.

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    Mann that really sucks. I really do love Andy as spartacus. But most importantlt lets hope he gets better. Keep him in your thoughts.

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    First off - Get well Withfield!
    Secondly, if its between these two guys then my bet would be on Purcell, for sure. No one would do justice replacing Andy, though.

  21. 21

    Liam looks nothing like Andy. Andy is hott as hell, this Liam guy is not cute. Go with Dominic.

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    Re: Jaidstone – Andy quit the show because he needs more intense cancer treatment and he is being replaced. He met with the shows producers talked it over with them and he is being replaced (at least for now). The original plan was for him to come back soon, but he is unable to, because the treatments didn't work last time.

    I dont know how Andy would be in season 2, seeing how it is a prequel to before he arrived, as the lutus owners are now dead. They shot the prequel to allow him time for his first treatments, but it came back anyway more intensely and he had to drop out.

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    I'm not so sure aout either of those men… HOWEVER I would love to see SAM WORTHINGTON from Avatar, Terminator Salvation, & Clash of the Titans play this role. He has this "presence" & steely look about him that reminds me of Andy & he's a great actor (passionate, resounding & profound in roles). Andy can never truly b replaced (to me) & I willl miss seeing him on the show (love to watch the repeats of season 1 tho) Worthington is the best bet, but if I have to "settle" then I guess Dominic willl do