Starz Moves On With 'Spartacus', Andy Whitfield Replaced


Starz Moves On With 'Spartacus', Andy Whitfield Replaced


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 Andy Whitfield 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.

© AceShowbiz.com


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    sad
    Dec 20, 2010

    you can not replace David Whitefield

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    mixcuzy
    Dec 06, 2010

    i luv u andy i wish u quick recovery. let stephen amnell take his place

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    angela
    Dec 04, 2010

    andy will be missed as spartaus and not so easy to replace. now is the time to focus on his family and his health. there are a lot of things he needs to mend. may god grant him the will and strength to beat this cancer once and for all. believe better things are to come.

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    specialk
    Nov 06, 2010

    Andy you are in my prayers hoping for a speedy recovery. We love you, the show will not be the same without you.

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    lion
    Oct 31, 2010

    yes andy will be missed but his health is more important. his family needs him. show must go on as there are a lot of people dependent on this show as well..andy would agree. god bless him in his recovery and that the family stays strong. feel there will be even better things out there for him.

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    Veritas
    Oct 26, 2010

    As much as I dislike the fact that Andy will be replaced due to his illness, I would love to see Wentworth Miller take over the role, if anyone is going to.

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    Angeldee
    Oct 17, 2010

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    mede8
    Oct 11, 2010

    Okay,SpartucsFan...whatever.If you don't want to watch then don't watch but if you going to have an opinion you should at least be a fan of good television which you are obviously not.

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    wagonball
    Oct 09, 2010

    well im very proud that a good show with lots of good talent will not end.replacing whitfield is hard but i see him getting better and coming back for season 4 and the new actor moving to a new suporting role that is important of course.everyone wins andy gets to see his hard work go on :) good stuff heres to you andy.

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    jay
    Oct 09, 2010

    i hate to see him go. but under the conditions he's under, I don't blame him. but i had a feeling starz was not going to wait for him. regardless the show is good. the show been delayed since the 1st season debuted. nobody can wait that long. all I can is, "andy, get better and let the show continue." it's the only show that mix violence with porn. I need that in my life. i hate reality shows.

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    SpartucsFan
    Oct 09, 2010

    Lol @Mede8 All of your suggestions just made me laugh so hard. I happen to disagree with all of it. All of those shows were better with the original cast members. You proved my thought of how the show would be worse without even typing it lol.

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    locsin
    Oct 08, 2010

    it wont be the same without ANDY .. he is SPARTACUS.. He can capture the audience eyes towards the show,, I loved it cause he was in it... n everything balanced out... n his so attractive!! Cant the show wait for him?? Andy will get better soon.. I have faith!! STARZ wait for him!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

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    mede8
    Oct 08, 2010

    Why does everyone assume that a re-casting would hurt the show? There have been several successful re-castings with shows that everyone loves with actors everyone loves. Look at "Dr. Who" or the original "Star Trek" series, now everyone is all about Capt. Kirk and asking who the heck is Christopher Pike? C.S.I. is still going strong too, and before you guys out there complain about some of my examples not being the same as replacing Andy as the lead I have two words for you... James Bond... Boom!

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    BINAgirl
    Oct 08, 2010

    Andy has another journey to focus on. Besides his road to health, his path may involve bigger and better things than Spartacus (as much as I/we loved this series). He is extremely handsome, an interesting actor, and now a successful and talented star. Our prayers and positive enery are heading your way Andy. I hope you read these caring messages.

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    Pattyjohn1234
    Oct 07, 2010

    Sorry I wont watch Season 2 without Andy as Spartacus.

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    suzicool
    Oct 07, 2010

    Andy will hard to replace.

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    Brett
    Oct 07, 2010

    I love how everybody is so quick to call the network and producers greedy. Have you ever stopped for a moment and considered all the people who are employed by this show that you have never heard of? The cameramen, editors, assistants, stuntmen, etc. They all have families to support as well. You "fans" need to get over yourselves and stop being so selfish. Hope Andy makes a speedy recovery, not so he can return to the role but so he can be there for his family as well. As everyone in showbiz knows, "the show must go on."

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    lindylou
    Oct 07, 2010

    i just hope andy gets better hes brilliant in spartigus but his health comes first good luck andy get well soon lindylou x

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    PTY
    Oct 06, 2010

    What a disaster,Andy was perfect for the role.All the best to Andy in his battle.If they do another series then i think Micheal Fassbender from the movie CENTURION would be great.

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    tunder
    Oct 06, 2010

    God has answered my prayer as far as I am concerned the film should be stopped. Amen, sign for all the cast to look for smt erlse to do.

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    tjx5
    Oct 05, 2010

    id rather wait till he gets better. they will lose so many viewers.

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    JustaGuy
    Oct 05, 2010

    I hope Andy gets better, replacing main actors usually ruins show! Andy = Spartacus I would wait until he is better!

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    Nikki
    Oct 05, 2010

    I refuse to watch a recast, sorry.. Andy is the only Spartacus for me.

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    tony
    Oct 05, 2010

    Of course they will recast as Lucy Lawless said they have a hit show that is making money for her and her producer husband. Greed will always prevail in the end.Starz has a hit they are not gonna give up a money maker- everybody is expendable including Andy- sad but true.i wish Andy the best and with their greediness i hope the show gets canceled.

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    DL
    Oct 05, 2010

    well that sucks. i sure hope they dont bring someone in that wrecks the series. Hope you get beter soon Andy.

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    shola
    Oct 05, 2010

    we wont the season 2 know

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    opi
    Oct 05, 2010

    Mark Strong would be a good substitute if Andy can't come back.

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