Last week, we learned that it was between Liam McIntyre and Dominic Purcell for the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
Now, we've learned that Australian actor McIntyre has been chosen as the replacement for Andy Whitfield, after he had to exit the series to resume his cancer treatment.
Here's what Starz president/CEO Chris Albrecht had to say about the casting decision:
“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward. 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.”
We weren't 100% sure if Liam was jacked enough to play a gladiator, but he def looks more like Andy than Dominic Purcell, so overall, we're thinking this was a solid decision…esp if he can bulk up a bit before the show begins!
What do U think? Did they choose the right Spartacus?
[Images via WENN.]
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