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Starz Will Recast Its Spartacus Lead

Casting directors, prepare to be besieged by beefy 30-year-old men declaring "I am Spartacus." After Spartacus: Blood and Sand lead Andy Whitfield had to permanently leave the show to battle Hodgkin's disease, Starz has gone forward with what's really the only move the network could have made with its flagship series: recasting Whitfield. Interested actors must be able to sign a three-year contract, master a British accent, and look terrific in a loincloth (no matter how unflattering). [Ausiello Files/EW]