Spartacus Taps a New Spartacus


Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand has tapped an actor to replace Andy Whitfield, the star of the show who had to leave to be treated for cancer. Australian actor Liam McIntyre (who shares an Australian agent with Whitfield) will take over the part. When producers first saw McIntyre's audition tape, he looked "like Christian Bale from The Fighter." In other words, way, way too skinny to be a gladiator. After being put on a workout regimen, with producer's regularly checking on his physique, a bulked-up McIntyre finally landed the gig this week. So rest assured, when the second season of the show begins production in the spring, McIntyre will fill out his loin cloth nicely. [ArtsBeat/NYT]