Liam McIntyre To Take Over Title Role In Hit Starz Series “Spartacus”

Liam McIntyreAustralian film and TV actor Liam McIntyre has beat out all comers in order to take over the lead role in second season of Starz’ hit franchise, “Spartacus”.  When “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” debuted on Starz in January 2010 audiences made  it the most-watched premiere in Starz’ history and made the show the most watched cable program on nearly two-thirds of the Fridays it aired original episodes.  Season 2 of the series finds Spartacus and his fellow gladiators now out of Capua and engaged in the massive slave rebellion against Roman society that has echoed through time.

McIntyre takes over the role from Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show in order due to health issues. McIntyre made his mark in his native Australia on such series as “Neighbours,” and “Rush.” He also appeared in the HBO mini-series “The Pacific.”  McIntyre is currently in New Zealand, getting himself into gladiator shape in order to take on the iconic role. Production on the series is slated to resume by Spring of 2011.

“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” a six-part prequel that tells the story of the House of Batiatus gladiator school, and the intricate personal, sexual and political maneuverings in Capua five years before “Blood and Sand” was set, debuts at 10 p.m. et/pt on Friday, Jan. 21. Dustin Clare, as the charismatic and self-destructive gladiator Gannicus, joins Hannah, Lawless, Mensah and Bennett in the event series.

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