According to recent reports, Andy Whitfield, star of the fantastic television show Spartacus: Blood and Sand, is going to be replaced. Whitfield has been fighting cancer and while hopes were that he would be well enough to do a second season, it looks like he won’t be able to return. Liam McIntyre is set to replace Mr. Whitfield in the lead role. The second season is likely to air in early 2012.
This is very unfortunate news. Whitfield was great in the role and I was really hoping he’d be able to fight off the cancer and return for a second season. Our prayers are with Mr. Whitfield and his family and we wish you a speedy recovery.
Speaking of Spartacus, don’t forget to watch Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, a six part prequel, when it premieres on January 21st. The prequel takes place a couple years before Spartacus: Blood and Sand does and will not feature Whitfield or McIntyre.