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Starz Moves On With 'Spartacus', Andy Whitfield Replaced

October 5, 2010 (4:53 am) GMT
The cancer-stricken actor will be replaced by a new actor when 'Blood and Sand' returns for a second season in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Starz has come into conclusion that they will replace instead of terminating "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". Whitfield, who plays the titular character, announced last month that his cancer is back and therefore chose to withdraw from season 2 to tend to his health. Producers were then left with two options which are to cast a new actor or end the show.

A report has just arrived that the network is officially looking for a new actor to portray Spartacus. They want a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to fill in the "smart, intense, passionate" role. Those who audition are required to have an authentic British accent and commit to a three-year contract.

It is still unclear whose decision it is to move on with the show. Exec producer Steven S. DeKnight said previously, "I want to talk to Andy and find out how he feels about the options. That's obviously very important to us."

Just a few days ago, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht revealed that they considered having a new program in 2011 slate. But it would only happen if casting change doesn't pan out.

"Blood and Sand" was scheduled to begin production immediately after the production end of its prequel "Spartacus: Gods of Arena". It is still unclear whether the recasting would do a delay. "Gods of the Arena" which doesn't involve Whitfield's character will bow in January 2011.

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