'Spartacus: Vengeance': Meet Liam McIntyre, the New Spartacus

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"Spartacus" has a new star: Liam McIntyre, the new Spartacus. McIntyre appeared alongside other "Spartacus" cast members and show creator Steven S. DeKnight at Comic-Con. Actors and producers also revealed that the name of the new season is "Spartacus: Vengeance." (Due to ongoing cancer treatments, former "Spartacus" lead Andy Whitfield is unable to resume the role of the rebelling gladiator.)

Physically, McIntyre does resemble Whitfield, hopefully resulting in a seamless character transition. Due to the change in actors, DeKnight indicated that "Spartacus: Vengeance" will include fewer flashbacks than previous seasons.

An Australian actor, McIntyre had to bulk up for his role as "Spartacus," having just lost weight for a previous role. Out of the original three who were called to New Zealand for a special "Spartacus" recast audition, McIntyre won out. A relatively unknown actor prior to landing this role, McIntyre appeared on TV in "The Pacific" and "Rush," with two additional projects in post-production.

DeKnight confessed to wanting McIntyre for a future project after seeing his work in "Underbelly," an Australian TV series. Frequently praising Whitfield as well as the other "Spartacus" actors and production team, McIntyre was a fan of the show before he was offered the role.

Regarding plot, the actors were not permitted to reveal much. However, the presence of Dustin Clare (who plays Gannicus) confirmed that this gladiator makes a return. As for leadership and friendship in "Spartacus: Vengeance," it seems McIntyre's character may be in for a bit of a power struggle with Gannicus and Crixus. "Three alpha males together don't always get along," McIntyre said.

At Comic-Con, McIntyre indicated that the graphic nature of "Spartacus" is tame compared with real life in Rome. DeKnight also hinted at the frequent use of a modesty sock during this season's filming. (Modesty socks and patches cover actors' body parts when filming intimate scenes.) When a fan asked if McIntyre removed some clothing during the season, the actor looked at DeKnight as though he wasn't sure whether he was allowed to answer; eventually he gave a modest "yes."

Fans of the gratuitous "Spartacus" violence are likely to be impressed with the upcoming Season 2. DeKnight also revealed that his "plan for this season is to kill more people " and that "there's an episode where we kill a lot of people."

" Spartacus: Vengeance " will air on Starz in 2012.

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