Liam McIntyre is Starz’ New Spartacus

Australian actor Liam McIntyre officially became Spartacus today in an announcement by Starz that ends months of searching for the right actor.

McIntyre will take over the role of Spartacus from Andy Whitfield beginning with season two. Whitfield had to drop out after health complications arose from his battle with cancer. He is behind McIntyre taking over the reigns and has blessed Starz’ decision.

Deadline had first attached McIntyre’s name as a possibility back in November as part of three actors vying for the role. The other two actors in that report were Stephen Amell and Aiden Turner. All three traveled to New Zealand to audition for the role, and apparently Starz told McIntyre he needed to bulk up to stay in contention. Apparently he did.

McIntyre’s resume includes a role in HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ and more recently the indie film Frozen Moments which has yet to be released. In Australia he’s known for appearing on the television series ‘Rush’ and ‘Neighbours.’

The Spartacus franchise won’t have to go on a year-long hiatus with the prequel series ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ premiering this Friday evening.

Spartacus: Season Two will begin production this spring for an anticipated January, 2012 premiere.

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