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OTRC: Liam McIntyre announced as Andy Whitfield's replacement on 'Spartacus' (Photo)

Andy Whitfield as Spartacus in a 2009 production still from 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.' (Starz Entertainment)

A new Spartacus has been chosen!

On Monday the Starz network announced that Liam McIntyre will replace Andy Whitfield for the second season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," according to The Associated Press. See a photo of McIntyre below.

McIntyre has appeared on Australian TV and was seen in HBO's miniseries "The Pacific."

The show's future came to a halt after star Andy Whitfield, who plays Spartacus, announced he was leaving the series in September after doctors told him he had to resume aggressive treatment of his Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"It's with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved," the 36 year-old actor said in a statement released at the time. "It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey."

Whitfield was diagnosed with treatable Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March and then began treatment, while production on the second season of the series was put on hold and a prequel series called, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," was created to bridge a gap.

"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" debuts on Jan. 21 and will air six episodes. According to the Associated Press, producer Steven DeKnight told journalists on Friday, "There are some deaths that are so incredible you just have to rewind and watch again because you can't believe what you just saw."

Earlier this month, the network confirmed that there would be a second season of the show. A Starz spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com "It is true that it has been renewed, but no air date has been discussed."

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