Three actors are in the running to replace Andy Whitfield for the title role of Spartacus for the Starz Network.
They are Canadian Stephen Amell, Brit Aiden Turner and Australian Liam McIntyre (pictured), who appeared in The Pacific and Neighbours. He also has a fleeting bit part in tomorrow night’s episode of Rush.
Deadline reports that the three are being flown to New Zealand for screen tests, with a final decision expected as early as this week.
Amell (Closing the Ring), Turner (All My Children) and McIntyre are all said to be similar to Whitfield: relatively unknown actors with chiseled looks and impressive physique.
Turner is the most familiar name in the US because of his long run on All My Children and as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
The Spartacus prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, is slated to launch in the US in January with Dustin Clare. It will air later on GO!
Andy Whitfield is currently in Sydney undergoing treatment for a recurrence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.