STARZ has made the tough call to proceed with ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ for a second season with a new actor in the title role.
The network will recast the role of Spartacus after leading man Andy Whitfield was forced to bow out of the series for good due to his ongoing battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
It was announced Sept. 17th that Whitfield, 35, is undergoing “aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer.”
The British actor was diagnosed in March with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the series went on hiatus while Whitfield received treatment. He was declared cancer free in May and sounded optimistic during an appearance at Comic-Con in July, where he stated, “I feel better than ever,” but the cancer has since returned.
“It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far,” Whitfield said in a statement.
Network CEO Chris Albrecht had considered canceling the period drama after learning the unfortunate news, but EW reports that producers have now officially put out a casting notice for the role of Spartacus.
A six-episode prequel to ‘Spartacus’ begins airing in January. Add It to Your DVR Watch List Here.