Starz has narrowed the field down to three actors to fill the title character role in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
They are Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre, who are being flown to New Zealand for screen tests and to meet the show’s cast and crew, the article says. The chosen actor will replace original star Andy Whitfield, who dropped out in September because of a recurrence of cancer.
Andreeva notes that all three potential replacements are "relatively unknown foreign actors with chiseled looks and impressive physique," similar to Whitfield. Turner may be the most familiar to U.S. audiences because he was a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" and had a long run on "All My Children," the story adds.