We knew it would happen sooner than later. The folks over at Starz along with the creators and producing team of “Spartacus: Blood & Sandhave found a replacement for actor Andy Whitfield. Whitfield played the title role in the breakout action drama, but due to health problems, he had to be replaced. Allow us to introduce you to your new Spartacus — Liam McIntyre!

Back in November, three actors were put on the shortlist for Whitfield’s position. The lucky trio consisted of Aiden Turner (from “All My Children”), Canadian Stephen Amell, (Closing the Ring) and Australian Liam McIntyre (“The Pacific”). The latter of the group obviously beat out the competition to land the role. Starz has sent out an official press release announcing his casting.

Australian actor Liam McIntyre is taking over the role of the Thracian warrior sold into slavery in the Roman Republic city of Capua – where he rises to become the champion of the city – before leading the slave revolt that ended Season 1. The part was played in the first season of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” by Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show in order due to health issues. Whitfield gave his blessing to the recasting.

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead ‘Spartacus’ forward,” Starz’s CEO Chris Albrecht notes. “It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going.”

The fact that Whitfield gave his blessing to the actor and the show, proves that he’s a class act. The series won’t be the same without him. He truly was one of kind.

Production on “Spartacus: Blood & Sand” is slated to resume for season two in the spring of 2011. Good Luck, Liam! You’ve got big sandals to fill.

What do you think of the new Spartacus? Is he the right choice?

Source: Coming Soon