'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield's battle with cancer captured in new documentary

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Fans of Starz's sword-and-sandals drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" were devastated to learn last September that original series star Andy Whitfield had passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the tragically young age of 39. But now there's a way for fans to help memorialize the late actor: A new documentary chronicling Whitfield's battle with the disease, "Be Here Now," is in post-production now, and the filmmakers are seeking fan donations to help complete the project.

Entertainment Weekly first reported on the documentary from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lilibet Foster, in which Whitfield invited a camera crew to follow him as he traveled the world with his wife Vashti, seeking alternative treatment from the best doctors in the world in hopes of beating his grim cancer diagnosis. "Be Here Now" also gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Whitfield filming his lead role as Spartacus, along with heartwarming footage of his home life with Vashti and their two young children. Andy's manager Sam Maydew says of the film, "We want to bring awareness to cancer treatment so others who go through it feel they’re not alone." 

Watch a trailer for the Andy Whitfield documentary "Be Here Now" right here:

But the documentary isn't finished yet, and Foster is reaching out to "Spartacus" fans on Kickstarter to solicit donations to get the film ready for release. As of press time, the project has received pledges of more than $180,000 of its $200,000 goal. But they still have a little more money to raise, so if you'd like to help pay tribute to Andy Whitfield's memory with a contribution, click here for more information.

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