Liam McIntyre is the new Spartacus!

Credit: Vanessa Dano and Tom Donato

He’s Spartacus!

Australian actor Liam McIntyre will take over the role as the fierce Thracian warrior in Starz’ cult hit series.

The decision comes after a lengthy and difficult process to find a new lead on the show after star Andy Whitfield had to depart the series to resume treatment for cancer. Earlier this month, Starz decided to move forward with a second season as the number of contenders for the role narrowed.

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus 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.”

The actor, who was recently seen in HBO’s The Pacific, beat out a field of contenders that included Stephen Amell and Aiden Turner. McIntyre also appeared in Aussie series Neighbors and Rush. The Spartacus saga returns on Jan. 21 with the premiere of prequel series Gods of the Arena (trailer here). Season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand will debut next year.

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  • Kristina

    It’ll be difficult to fill Andy’s shoes, but I’m just glad the series can continue. So looking forward to “Gods of the Arena” starting – long live the House of Batiatus! ;)

  • magreeda

    I was much happier with the last rumor that it would be Dominic Purcell.

    • imahrtbrkbeat

      Agreed. Hopefully, he may come into the show in another capacity..

    • jared4ever

      Dominic Purcell is SUCH a boring untalented actor. So glad he wasn’t chosen.

      • Jen

        not sure about untalented, but definitely boring!

  • Anders

    Well, they sure look alike.

    • harry

      yes they do.

    • Candacetx

      eerily so. I hope the other guy gets better.

    • Rashad

      Liam and Andy look like they could be brothers. Liam is a very good choice.

  • Jacob

    Wow. Twins much? Good casting. Wasn’t a fan of the show (too much for my tastes), but this is good news for fans, I suspect.

  • deedith

    Honestly all these Australian actors look the same to me. He looks like Sam Worthington, that Thor guy…..

    • R Vance

      Actually Andy Whitfield is British not Australian

      • lefty

        Good thing deedith didn’t say anything about Andy Whitfield…

      • Erin

        As lefty said, he didn’t compare him to Andy. And wasn’t Andy born in Wales… and then moved to Australia when he was fairly young and started his acting career there? I wouldn’t say he’s not Australian. And he’s Welsh rather than British if you want to get into specifics like that. Eh semantics.

        Good on Liam. I’m sure The Pacific was a good training ground for this role.

      • americam brit

        Wales is part of Britain.

      • JC

        Epic fail, Erin. “British” does not equal “English”. British refers to someone from the island of Great Britain, which contains three countries – England, Wales, and Scotland, although it is often also used to describe more generally any citizen of the United Kingdom, which includes Northern Ireland along with England, Wales, and Scotland. Either way, a Welshman is definitely British.

      • Erin

        Not really. I realise Wales is part of Britain however all of my Welsh AND Scottish friends hate being known as just British and I was trying to point out that if they wanted to be that particularly specific re where he does or doesn’t come from, you’d say Wales. But do the semantics really matter that much? People get so hung up on the Nationality of celebs.

        Well that’s what I was trying to say, I guess my message got lost in translation…

    • Jake

      Sam Worthington is not that “Thor” Guy…he is the “Terminator, Avatar, Clash of the Titans” guy. If you had graduated from high school you would know.

      • Erin

        They put a comma in after ‘that Thor guy’ meaning he looks like Sam Worthington and Chris Hemsworth in their opinion.

        Graduating from high school wouldn’t necessarily teach you the difference between those two actors, but it would hopefully teach you punctuation.

  • Alex

    Woah. Doppelganger. I wish him all the best in his new role.

  • MWeyer

    Good in the looks, we’ll have to see if he can match the spirit and power that Whitfield brought to the role.

  • bruno

    boo.

  • s

    Good luck to Liam and wishing Andy all the best!

    • Katyo

      I second that! Liam has some big shoes to fill, but I am sincerely hoping he can do it, and that Andy can beat his cancer once and for all.

  • julieanna

    they look so much alike it actually pretty awesome for Starz !I cant wait!

  • Rack

    he looks like Sam Worthington.

  • Carlos

    Why aren’t U.S. born actors being casted in Hollywood to play these roles on U.S. televistion. It appears, British and Australian actors seem to have invade U.S. television series and movies. I wonder how many U.S. actors are appearing in those countries on television?

    • MCS

      Why on earth does it matter? If they can act that is all that is required.

      • Carlos

        It matters MCS because you have thousands of U.S. actors that have studied their craft. Too many are unemployed because British and Australian actors have helped with the high unemployment in the United States.

      • Carlos

        Also, MCS, too many of U.S. jobs have been sent overseas. What’s wrong with Hollywood employing U.S.trained actors? There’s plenty of goodlooking and talented actors in the United States.

      • Erin

        Carlos, that’s BS. There are plenty of Australian and British financiers, directors, producers etc that cast Americans in their productions. Talent DOES matter. Maybe you’re happy with subpar actots as long as they’re American but the majority of us appreciate quality.

        Btw, I’m pretty sure Spartacus is produced in NZ So going by your theory they should kick out all the American actors on the series considering they’ve gone there and ‘taken the kiwi’s jobs’.

      • rejtej

        you just dont get it do you. people want what they dont have. what dont we have? a lot of beautiful women and men with accents and are also 100 percent unknown…..think about it

        look at even the women of merlin, legenf ot the seeker…etc. they arent american for good reason.

    • SirLizard

      Carlos, this series is produced and filmed in Australia, so it makes more sense for them to hire local actors. Also, the past tense of cast is cast, not casted.

      • Carlos

        SirLizard, I didn’t realize, this is an English and writing class. People do make mistakes as they type fast on a blog.

      • SirLizard

        Carlos, I’m sorry. I really wasn’t criticizing you. I was just correcting you, which is how a person learns, so in my own way I was just trying to help. The main point of my post was to say that it makes more sense for a series that films in Australia to use Australian actors, because it would be a huge commitment for an American actor to uproot his life for months on end to film a series. That’s all.

    • Lee

      Could be that American actors generally don’t have a natural British-esque accent, whereas most Aussie actors are capable of a fairly convincing one -if they choose to turn down the strine somewhat. The Kiwis (Bennett, Te Maioha,) seem to be allowed to keep their native accents for the show.

  • whateva

    Wonderful choice. I will miss Andy, but I would also miss the series if they decided not to continue on with it.

  • John Berggren

    I liked the idea of Wentworth Miller. Oh well. Now I’m only 1/2 enthusiastic. At least Starz will have Torchwood S4.

  • Allison

    Spartacus is andy. He can not ever really be replaced. Would have been better for the series to wait for andy..even if it takes a couple of years. I can not promise my loyalty to watch this new spartacus. I hope they have something big planned if they want the new series to be a hit.

    • David Watson

      I couldn’t agree more with you. Andy IS Spartacus, personally I think they should have fleshed out storylines from other characters from blood and sand into a “ancillary” series of it’s own, so that Andy could have taken all the time he needed to recover, there’s alot of material that they had to work with. Now having seen the first 2 episodes of gods of the arena they could have drawn it out over a full length season if Andy hadnt had a remission. But i am well aware that loyalty doesn’t count for squat in the film industry, they want to strike while the iron is hot since blood and sand was such a major surprise hit. If it were up to me I would have found a way to wait until Andy had 100% recovered and not recasted his role, though Liam might surprise us

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