Scoop: Sparactus Will Live On... With Liam McIntyre in the Title Role?

Starz may be close to finding its new Sparactus.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Liam McIntyre has once again emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Andy Whitfield as the title character in the second season of Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

The Aussie actor has been undergoing intensive training in the past month to prepare for the physically demanding role.

At the Television Critics Assoc. press tour today, Starz president Chris Albrecht confirmed that the network was proceeding with a second season, but added, “We don’t have casting news for you today, but are confident that we [will find an actor] who can ably step into Spartacus’ sandals — although we will never be able to replace Andy Whitfield.”