Starz’ prequel to "Spartacus" has cast several roles, including the lead, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Australian actor Dustin Clare will play the lead and Jaime Murray of "Dexter" will be a Capua social climber, the story says.
"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" will start production next month, with six episodes airing in January, according to the story. The second season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," which stars Andy Whitfield, will begin production after "Arena" and will air in 2011, the article adds.
Whitfield has been cleared by his doctors to return to work after being treated for cancer and will make an appearance in "Arena." Marisa Ramirez of "General Hospital" has also been cast in "Arena," in which she will play a slave girl, the article adds.