Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's Official: 'Spartacus' Moving Forward with Recast

That this was inevitable doesn’t make it any less sad: Starz has officially started looking for an actor to replace Andy Whitfield on Spartacus.

According to the just-released casting notice, producers are searching for a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to play the “smart, intense, passionate” title role. Interested parties must have an authentic British accent and be prepared to sign a three-year contract.

Whitfield was forced to bow out of the show’s second season after doctors advised him to resume “aggressive treatment” for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last week, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said the production would either “close up shop or recast.” It looks like they’re moving forward with the latter.

No one can possibly replace Andy Whitfield. But the person who probably comes closest is Grant Bowler who started on Ugly Betty and can now be seen on True Blood.

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