'Spartacus' Narrows Down Andy Whitfield's Replacement to Three


'Spartacus' Narrows Down Andy Whitfield's Replacement to Three


Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre will go through a screen test in New Zealand before finding out whether they are worthy of replacing the original star.

Starz has the option to pick either a Brit, a Canadian or another Australian to replace Andy Whitfield on "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". Deadline said in its report that casting has been narrowed down to three candidates who are all relatively-unknown actors just like Whitfield when he started filming the show last year.

The named ones are Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre. Amell enjoyed several recurring roles in a number of TV series such as "Queer as Folk", "Beautiful People" and "Heartland". Meanwhile, Turner is known as Aidan Devane on soap drama "All My Children". McIntyre is perhaps the least known of three, but he did appear for a small role in HBO's miniseries "The Pacific".

Selected among lots, the finalists are being flown to New Zealand for a screen test and a meeting with the show's cast and crew. The winner is expected to be unveiled as early as this week for the production is supposed to be started as soon as the one of its prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" is wrapped up. "Gods of the Arena" will bow in January 2011 while the second season of "Blood and Sand" is expected to debut midyear.

Whitfield withdrew from the second season completely when he found out that his Non-Hodgkin lymphoma has returned following the first treatment. The actor chose to go through an aggressive treatment against the cancer, prompting the producers to do a recast. It was rumored for a while that "Prison Break" actor Wentworth Miller was due to take the role.

© AceShowbiz.com


Comments

  •  
    jon
    Feb 27, 2011

    Hard to consider anyone else playing as Spartacus apart from Andy

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    iluvmyboyz2
    Feb 24, 2011

    no one can replace Andy as Spartacus. He truly made the show. However, my prayers go out to him and his family. I pray he recovers soon. He will be sorely missed.

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    Chao_sweetie
    Feb 18, 2011

    Will NOT watch without Andy !! He is Spartacus..

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    spartacus
    Feb 11, 2011

    get well soon all the best to you and your family no one would ever be as good as you just want you back

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    Elle
    Feb 08, 2011

    I have really enjoyed watching Andy as Spartacus. I hope he is given the support he needs from us (the audience) to focus on his recovery. In the meantime, if he decides to relinquish his role to someone else, we should respect his decision. I won't stop watching because Andy is gone - I will hope that his replacement does credit to his predecessor, and I will pray Andy is well enough to grace our screens soon. XXX to you Andy, you georgeous hunk! Get better soon. (PS - I hope another Aussie gets the role - we have some handsome studs down under!)

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    Anonymous
    Feb 08, 2011

    As sorrowful as it is, Andy Whitfield's main concern is his health. The decisions made by Starz was probably a difficult one concerning Spartacus; however, Andy gave his blessing to be replaced. The upcoming season with a new Spartacus can go either way and whether or not you choose to support the show is entirely up to you. Andy Whitfield's performance and demeanor in this show is absolutely phenomenal and it will be difficult for another actor to produce what Andy has. There are many great prospects out there who would make a wonderful Spartacus. The question is are we willing to give this "new" Spartacus a chance? Good luck to Andy and his family!

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    snifflesn grunt
    Jan 24, 2011

    Wow how can they think ANY of these three guys could be Spartacus. I vote no, no and h___ no!

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    daisymae_wa
    Jan 23, 2011

    Andy replacement needs be a twin.

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    Dominus Breezy
    Jan 20, 2011

    The logical choice is to choose someone who has the same likeness as Andy, this would narrow down to Sam Worthington and/or Brian Augustin Green. True, both have the looks and built to play Spartacus. But can they deliver the same caliber of performance? For a role such as this requires more than someone who can wield a sword. Bottom line, Andy brought so much to this role that any replacement are in for a godly task to keep the faith of the crowd and the series to stay alive past season 2

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    warmatheart
    Jan 15, 2011

    Yes, yes Andy needs the opportunity to come back when he is better..he and his family are in our prayers

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    yağmur
    Jan 14, 2011

    I DONT WANT NEW SPARTACUS:((

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    yağmur
    Jan 14, 2011

    I dont want new sapartacus :((((

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    Tante T
    Jan 07, 2011

    Sorry, no Andy ==> no sequel. I think they should hold production until he is recovered, and he WILL recover. Spartacus rules!! I will watch Gods of the Arena..cause I do like Dustin Clare. In the mean time I wish Andy and his family all the best.

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    dj!822
    Jan 05, 2011

    no one can replace him!!!!!!

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    dj!822
    Jan 05, 2011

    season 2 will not be as good without andy, he was the perfect role player, he better get a invation to play him again cause he will get better!!! (hope he dose anyway)

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    jimmy
    Jan 02, 2011

    Russell Crowe he knows how to play a gladiator

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    zysk7407
    Dec 31, 2010

    Do Not Replace Andy...He made Spartacus Blood and Sand what it is! He brought Spartacus to life and will survive this like Spartacus would! Its a sad reason to take the role away from him!

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    Andrewz
    Dec 30, 2010

    i think Sam Worthington from Avatar should replace Andy whitfield. They look alike and he would just fit in perfectly for me

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    crysdevdan
    Dec 29, 2010

    One of the main reasons I watched the first season was because of Andy Whitfield. 2nd season won't be the same without him!! I would wait a year to see him back for season 2!

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    DEs
    Dec 29, 2010

    Wait for Andy and change the story line around another character!!!!

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    childcarediva
    Dec 28, 2010

    Best wishes to Mr. Whitfield and my sincere hope that he can return to the show. I think Michael Graziadei from the Young and the Restless could fit the bill with some couching and a little beefing up.

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    Wolverine
    Dec 26, 2010

    Best wishes to you Andy! In your absence, why not give Hugh Jackman a call? he's gladiator material

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    Corinne
    Dec 10, 2010

    I always thought that Sam Worthington would've made an acceptable replacement, and I have to say I still agree with that. At least he *somewhat* resembles Whitfield. None of these candidates fit the appearance remotely. They belong in Calvin Klein fragrance adverts, not Blood and Sand. Still, I will watch the second season anyway for the rest of the characters and pray a speedy recovery for Whitfield.

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    Brent
    Dec 03, 2010

    I'm sorry, no one who played on 90210 should be allowed to fill the shoes of the mighty Spartacus, however the show must go on. I thought Andy made that show & I'm not sure if he can be replaced, but they have to try. If Andy recovers, he should be able to take his role back, even if they shoot a season without him, but it was his decision to quit to take care of himself. We should respect that and still support the show. That show is his legacy, so to support it without him is, in a way, showing support for Andy.

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    Danny
    Dec 03, 2010

    It was a bad move for Starz to not wait for Andy? They waited for almost a year. And this was ANDY'S decision. I'm excited to see where Spartacus goes.

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    Danielle
    Dec 03, 2010

    I love Spartacus. I say keep the series alive!!

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    Allin
    Dec 03, 2010

    Spartacus SHALL GO ON! With Andy or not, There are so many spectacular actors in this series, I don't understand what the deal is.

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    Steve
    Dec 03, 2010

    Liam McIntyre. Is definitely the best match by appearance; However can he preform his role like Andy Whitfield did. Either way I don't think this should be the end of the series. It IS an amazing show.

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    Ariel
    Nov 30, 2010

    Starz should wait for Andy then continue once he's better waiting makes it more interesting anyways

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    Tony
    Nov 29, 2010

    My prayers for Andy and his family. Spartacus with many critics saying it was a flop amazed all of us turning all the heads on the critics. Season 2 will be hard to top with out Andy. You can not replace Andy with a C or even B actor. If they want this to work they have to go big or go home. They need an A lister to even come close. Brad Pitt!!!

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    bubba fats
    Nov 29, 2010

    Wow haven't seen a show that got me addicted like this since "LOST". But no Andy, No Season 2! End of story.

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    depressed
    Nov 27, 2010

    Season 1 was amazing and Andy Whitfield was the main reason. That said I don't even care if the show continues or not, just hope Andy gets better. Clearly this new prequel season has promise and, while I am skeptical about anyone being able to pull off replacing Andy as Spartacus I will at least give them the benefit of the doubt and still watch the second season when it comes out. I think that's what everyone, Whitfield included, would probably want. Sorry to hear this sad news and best of luck to all involved.

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    Nik
    Nov 26, 2010

    No Andy, not watching. They should wait and focus on another character until he's well.

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    lexi
    Nov 25, 2010

    james scott

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    griffen_666
    Nov 21, 2010

    NO WAY! im watching season 2 without Andy!!

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    angelflix
    Nov 21, 2010

    i and my husband are HUGE fans of spartacus. we never missed on episode. we think andy played spartacus superbly and could never be replaced. but i think the guy from avatar would be good. or even the guy from the movie PUSH.

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    AndyFan
    Nov 20, 2010

    Im not gonna watch season 2 either, I will watch Gods of the Arena but NOT season 2 of Blood and Sand. It will NEVER be as good as it was with Andy. I think that you (Starz) have made the WRONG decision!

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    Aloushin
    Nov 20, 2010

    I will not watch season 2 because of this.

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    SteveC
    Nov 20, 2010

    I'm definitely going to watch Gods of the Arena, and I'm definitely NOT going to watch Season 2. Bad move Starz. Andy W. earned himself the loyalty of this huge fan of the show. Behold! You've lost the crowd Starz!

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    niteowl
    Nov 18, 2010

    I will not watch season 2 if anyone else play the part of Spartacus. The series should be put on hold until Andy has recovered. No one else except Russell Crowe could fill his shoes.

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    Me Wanda
    Nov 17, 2010

    I don't think that anyone would mind waiting for the hottest person on T.V. Ya for Andy Whitfield

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    margie
    Nov 14, 2010

    hhmmm..not sure of the choices...but I agree Andy should have a open invitation...I will surely watch Gods of the Arena..not sure of season 2 yet...

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    Ziguri
    Nov 11, 2010

    Andy is perfect for the role. So passionate he is. Im sure all fans of the show would rather wait for him to recover

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    joy
    Nov 10, 2010

    none of the 3 individuals mention can replace andy whitfield. will not be watching the 2nd season. i agree that andy should have an open invitation should he recover from his cancer which i strongly believe he will. he is not forgotten. dvd sales will keep that alive.

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    Monkey
    Nov 10, 2010

    Andy will not have to rejoin since he is still a part of the production even as he battles this disease.

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    EMR
    Nov 10, 2010

    Liam McIntyre of those three would be good, but Whitfield cannot be replaced, surely once he recovers he will be back

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    loxi
    Nov 09, 2010

    I hope Andy has an open invitation to rejoin the cast as Spartacus when he beats this terrible demon that has fallen upon him.

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    Damian
    Nov 09, 2010

    Brian Austin Green would be the Perfect choice for the role of Spartacus, he looks like Andy.

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    DAMIAN
    Nov 09, 2010

    Brian Augustin Green should play Spartacus.

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    Sungirl
    Nov 09, 2010

    I agree, Andy should also have an open invitation to get the role again. He is most perfect for the role. I hope the production team considers that

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