Ahead of its second season premiere, US cable network Starz has renewed Spartacus for a third season.
Spartacus: Vengeance begins in the US in late January with Australian actor Liam McIntyre replacing the late Andy Whitfield and in GO! in 2012.
“Many surprises are in store for Vengeance viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” said executive producer Rob Tapert.
Returning cast members include Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay, and Katrina Law.
Prequel series Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena which starred Dustin Clare, totalled 6.2 million total US viewers including catch-up views.
Production on the as yet-untitled third season will begin in New Zealand early next year.