Per TVLine's Michael Ausiello, Australian actor Liam McIntyre ("The Pacific") has officially been cast as the new lead in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", replacing Andy Whitfiled, who had to leave the role to undergo treatment for cancer.
“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “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.”
Starz announced at TCA press tour that it would be going forward with a second season of "Spartacus", but didn't name a replacement for Whitfield back then.