Australian actor lands lead role in Spartacus

Australian actor Liam McIntyre has been officially named as the new lead for the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

The former soap star was today confirmed as Andy Whitfield’s replacement after  a lengthy casting process.

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly leadSpartacus forward,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “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.”

McIntyre played Bradley Hewson in Australian soap Neighbours in 2010 as well as appearing in Steven Spielberg’s war epic The Pacific.

Source: EW

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