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Starz Digital Media Preps for Return of “Spartacus” with New Facebook Social Game, Multimedia iPad Script App

Prepare to Fight for Glory in the Starz “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Facebook Social Media Game, Limited Beta Open to Public January 6

Multimedia iPad Script App Offers Individual “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Episodes with Video and Exclusive Commentaries, Launches in Starz iTunes Store January 17


Englewood, Colo. – January 4, 2011 – Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, announced today the upcoming launches of its first social media game, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and iPad multimedia script app for the “Spartacus” Starz original series.
Text Box: The Starz “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Free Facebook Social Media Game Beta Begins January 6, Launches January 21
The Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is free to play and brings players into a world of fame, fortune, glory and (of course) blood, all via a Facebook social gaming experience. The Beta for the social game will be opened up on January 6 to the first 10,000 “Spartacus” fans who register on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz).

A full public launch of the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is planned for January 20, prior to the exclusive debut of “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Starz, January 21 at 10pm et/pt.

SpartacusStarz Digital Media has partnered with social media gaming publisher 6waves to launch the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game. With more than 75 million monthly active users, 6waves is one of the largest social gaming publishers worldwide. Its published games include
Mall World, Kingdoms of Camelot and Ravenwood Fair.

“Given its powerful characters and larger-than life storylines, few television properties have as much potential for innovative social game play as does ‘Spartacus,’” said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media. “We are excited to make our social media gaming debut and be one of the early networks to bring a branded TV property to the social gaming universe.

Starz designed the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena game for current and prospective ‘Spartacus’ fans and expect a great response,” DeBevoise said.

“We are very pleased that gaming publisher 6waves, distributor of many popular social games shares our enthusiasm for the project and has agreed to help launch the property. There is tremendous anticipation for the return of the ‘Spartacus’ series this January, and we believe gamers and fans alike will seek to immerse themselves in the unique social gaming concept and try to become the next Batiatus.”

“Spartacus” iPad Script App
Leveraging its success with the first-of-its-kind multimedia iPad app for the original event series, “The Pillars of the Earth,” Starz Digital Media announced plans for a groundbreaking iPad script application for its “Spartacus” franchise.

Scheduled to be launched January 17 in the iTunes Starz storefront (http://www.itunes.com/starz), the “Spartacus” iPad script app provides a robust viewing experience with electronic screenplays from the Starz original series augmented by exclusive multimedia video segments, director’s notes, cast photos, historical background information, and more.


The “Spartacus” iPad script application is a free download for iPad users, with the first episode of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (“The Red Serpent”) included as part of the app download. Additional “Spartacus” multimedia iPad episode scripts will be available for individual purchase for $0.99 each, with the entire 13-part “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” series of multimedia iPad scripts available for $4.99.

The first iPad electronic script for “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” (“Past Transgressions”) will be pushed out as a free update to “Spartacus” iPad script app users on January 22. Each additional multimedia episode script from the
six-part series will be available individually for $0.99 the day after debuting on Starz. The entire six-part “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” multimedia series script set will be available for $2.99. Beginning January 22, iPad script app downloads will include both of the multimedia iPad screenplays from the first episode of each “Spartacus” series preinstalled with the app download.

“Building on our success with the iPad to complement and promote our original series was a logical progression after our successful ‘Pillars’ app earlier this year,’” said DeBevoise. “This application will be a true must-have for ‘Spartacus’ fans with collectors loving the scripts from the series and the seamless integration of the stunning video imagery and enlightening historical background information.”


More on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Facebook Social Media Game

The Facebook-based Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game is free to play and allows you to run your own Ludus (gladiator school) in the role of Lanista (manager of gladiators). Assemble and train your team of gladiators to be fighting champions. Your ultimate goal is to achieve honor and glory through your fighters battling in the top arenas of the Roman Empire.

As with the Spartacus series on Starz, the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is more than just battles. There are elements of social manipulation and persuasion woven into the game. Players can earn “influence” points with experience and bribe politicians or poison gladiators to influence the outcome of a fight.


Gladiators are available for purchase on the Facebook Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game with the currency of the day: denarii. To accelerate your progress in the game, purchase and use Facebook credits to speed your fighters’ training or purchase premium weapons or additional gladiators.

As with other successful social media games on Facebook, there will be several ways to recruit friends and assist each other with a rise to glory. For example, a player can visit a friend's Ludus and assist in the training of the friend’s gladiators.

Special events and game content tied to the six-episode airing of the “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” prequel on Starz will be rolled out every week during the series’ run.

Starz Digital Media’s Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game was co-developed and co-published with Large Animal Games and is the latest digital extension of a Starz original series. Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand distribution arm of Starz, has produced several innovative games and apps based on Starz Originals for PCs, iPhones, iPads and other devices.



About Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” the highly anticipated prequel to Starz' hit series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," will debut on Friday, January 21 at 10pm et/pt with Starz.com and select cable, satellite, and Telco affiliates offering free previews of select episodes from “Spartacus” on-demand and online beginning January 22.

The six-part series centers around Gannicus, the charismatic gladiator destined, perhaps, to become Champion of Capua, played by Australian actor Dustin Clare, and his master, Quintus Batiatus, played again by John Hannah, itching for the chance to rise in status in the Roman outpost town.

On the heels of the success of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” which was described by TV Guide as, “visually dazzling and complex,” the prequel will feature returning cast members Lucy Lawless (Batiatus’ equally ambitious wife Lucretia), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus), before he becomes the gladiator trainer Doctore, and Manu Bennett (Crixus), in addition to Hannah.

Additional new cast members joining Clare include Jaime Murray (“Dexter,” “Valentine”) as Capua’s sexy social climber Gaia and Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital,” “The Young and the Restless”) as Melitta, a beautiful slave who must face the ultimate decision of the heart. Jeffrey Thomas (“Shark in the Park,” “Mercy Peak”) plays Batiatus’ father Titus, the traditional and cautious Lanista, head of the Ludus.

Produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was the highest rated show for the 18-49 demographic among all cable networks for 12 of the 13 Fridays on which it aired based on coverage rating. Total viewers for the series doubled from the premiere episode to the season finale.*

The production team remains intact for the six-part prequel.

The official “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” trailer, and behind the scenes videos are available at http://www.starz.com/spartacus. Follow “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Twitter: @spartacus_starz
and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz.


About Starz Digital Media

Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of content from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, and other select entertainment providers. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.



About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.4 million and 32 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


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Liam McIntyre Cast in Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Source: comingsoon.net

January 17, 2011

Australian actor Liam McIntyre is taking over the role of the Thracian warrior sold into slavery in the Roman Republic city of Capua – where he rises to become the champion of the city – before leading the slave revolt that ended Season 1. The part was played in the first season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" by Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show in order due to health issues. Whitfield gave his blessing to the recasting.

"Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead 'Spartacus' forward," Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht notes. "It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he's dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going."

Liam McIntyre made his mark in his native Australia on such series as "Neighbours" and "Rush." He also appeared in the HBO mini-series "The Pacific." He recently completed his first feature starring role in the independent film Frozen Moments. McIntyre is currently in New Zealand, getting himself into gladiator shape in order to take on that iconic role. Production on the series is slated to resume by spring of 2011.

From the time "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" debuted on Starz in January, 2010, it established itself as an epic production with rich storytelling and visuals unlike anything seen previously on any TV show. Audiences responded immediately, making it the most-watched premiere in Starz' history, and making the show the most watched cable program on nearly two-thirds of the Fridays it aired original episodes.

Also starring John Hannah as Batiatus, Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Peter Mensah as Doctore, Manu Bennett as Crixus and Viva Bianca as Ilythia, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was one of the most talked-about and best-loved TV shows of 2010. Season 2 of the series finds Spartacus and his fellow gladiators now out of Capua and engaged in the massive slave rebellion against Roman society that has echoed through time.


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Wait a minute. I thought his cancer was in remission. Did it come back? :shock:

I don't know if the show will be the same without him.

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Starz Digital Media Preps for Return of “Spartacus” with New Facebook Social Game, Multimedia iPad Script App

Prepare to Fight for Glory in the Starz “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Facebook Social Media Game, Limited Beta Open to Public January 6

Multimedia iPad Script App Offers Individual “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Episodes with Video and Exclusive Commentaries, Launches in Starz iTunes Store January 17


Englewood, Colo. – January 4, 2011 – Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, announced today the upcoming launches of its first social media game, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and iPad multimedia script app for the “Spartacus” Starz original series.
Text Box: The Starz “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Free Facebook Social Media Game Beta Begins January 6, Launches January 21
The Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is free to play and brings players into a world of fame, fortune, glory and (of course) blood, all via a Facebook social gaming experience. The Beta for the social game will be opened up on January 6 to the first 10,000 “Spartacus” fans who register on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz).

A full public launch of the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is planned for January 20, prior to the exclusive debut of “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Starz, January 21 at 10pm et/pt.

SpartacusStarz Digital Media has partnered with social media gaming publisher 6waves to launch the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game. With more than 75 million monthly active users, 6waves is one of the largest social gaming publishers worldwide. Its published games include
Mall World, Kingdoms of Camelot and Ravenwood Fair.

“Given its powerful characters and larger-than life storylines, few television properties have as much potential for innovative social game play as does ‘Spartacus,’” said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media. “We are excited to make our social media gaming debut and be one of the early networks to bring a branded TV property to the social gaming universe.

Starz designed the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena game for current and prospective ‘Spartacus’ fans and expect a great response,” DeBevoise said.

“We are very pleased that gaming publisher 6waves, distributor of many popular social games shares our enthusiasm for the project and has agreed to help launch the property. There is tremendous anticipation for the return of the ‘Spartacus’ series this January, and we believe gamers and fans alike will seek to immerse themselves in the unique social gaming concept and try to become the next Batiatus.”

“Spartacus” iPad Script App
Leveraging its success with the first-of-its-kind multimedia iPad app for the original event series, “The Pillars of the Earth,” Starz Digital Media announced plans for a groundbreaking iPad script application for its “Spartacus” franchise.

Scheduled to be launched January 17 in the iTunes Starz storefront (http://www.itunes.com/starz), the “Spartacus” iPad script app provides a robust viewing experience with electronic screenplays from the Starz original series augmented by exclusive multimedia video segments, director’s notes, cast photos, historical background information, and more.


The “Spartacus” iPad script application is a free download for iPad users, with the first episode of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (“The Red Serpent”) included as part of the app download. Additional “Spartacus” multimedia iPad episode scripts will be available for individual purchase for $0.99 each, with the entire 13-part “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” series of multimedia iPad scripts available for $4.99.

The first iPad electronic script for “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” (“Past Transgressions”) will be pushed out as a free update to “Spartacus” iPad script app users on January 22. Each additional multimedia episode script from the
six-part series will be available individually for $0.99 the day after debuting on Starz. The entire six-part “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” multimedia series script set will be available for $2.99. Beginning January 22, iPad script app downloads will include both of the multimedia iPad screenplays from the first episode of each “Spartacus” series preinstalled with the app download.

“Building on our success with the iPad to complement and promote our original series was a logical progression after our successful ‘Pillars’ app earlier this year,’” said DeBevoise. “This application will be a true must-have for ‘Spartacus’ fans with collectors loving the scripts from the series and the seamless integration of the stunning video imagery and enlightening historical background information.”


More on Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Facebook Social Media Game

The Facebook-based Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game is free to play and allows you to run your own Ludus (gladiator school) in the role of Lanista (manager of gladiators). Assemble and train your team of gladiators to be fighting champions. Your ultimate goal is to achieve honor and glory through your fighters battling in the top arenas of the Roman Empire.

As with the Spartacus series on Starz, the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game is more than just battles. There are elements of social manipulation and persuasion woven into the game. Players can earn “influence” points with experience and bribe politicians or poison gladiators to influence the outcome of a fight.


Gladiators are available for purchase on the Facebook Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social game with the currency of the day: denarii. To accelerate your progress in the game, purchase and use Facebook credits to speed your fighters’ training or purchase premium weapons or additional gladiators.

As with other successful social media games on Facebook, there will be several ways to recruit friends and assist each other with a rise to glory. For example, a player can visit a friend's Ludus and assist in the training of the friend’s gladiators.

Special events and game content tied to the six-episode airing of the “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” prequel on Starz will be rolled out every week during the series’ run.

Starz Digital Media’s Spartacus: Gods of the Arena social media game was co-developed and co-published with Large Animal Games and is the latest digital extension of a Starz original series. Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand distribution arm of Starz, has produced several innovative games and apps based on Starz Originals for PCs, iPhones, iPads and other devices.



About Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” the highly anticipated prequel to Starz' hit series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," will debut on Friday, January 21 at 10pm et/pt with Starz.com and select cable, satellite, and Telco affiliates offering free previews of select episodes from “Spartacus” on-demand and online beginning January 22.

The six-part series centers around Gannicus, the charismatic gladiator destined, perhaps, to become Champion of Capua, played by Australian actor Dustin Clare, and his master, Quintus Batiatus, played again by John Hannah, itching for the chance to rise in status in the Roman outpost town.

On the heels of the success of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” which was described by TV Guide as, “visually dazzling and complex,” the prequel will feature returning cast members Lucy Lawless (Batiatus’ equally ambitious wife Lucretia), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus), before he becomes the gladiator trainer Doctore, and Manu Bennett (Crixus), in addition to Hannah.

Additional new cast members joining Clare include Jaime Murray (“Dexter,” “Valentine”) as Capua’s sexy social climber Gaia and Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital,” “The Young and the Restless”) as Melitta, a beautiful slave who must face the ultimate decision of the heart. Jeffrey Thomas (“Shark in the Park,” “Mercy Peak”) plays Batiatus’ father Titus, the traditional and cautious Lanista, head of the Ludus.

Produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was the highest rated show for the 18-49 demographic among all cable networks for 12 of the 13 Fridays on which it aired based on coverage rating. Total viewers for the series doubled from the premiere episode to the season finale.*

The production team remains intact for the six-part prequel.

The official “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” trailer, and behind the scenes videos are available at http://www.starz.com/spartacus. Follow “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” on Twitter: @spartacus_starz
and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz.


About Starz Digital Media

Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of content from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, and other select entertainment providers. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.



About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.4 million and 32 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


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GLADIATORS RETURN TO STARZ IN 2012 “SPARTACUS” RENEWED FOR SEASON THREE

Green Light Comes Months Ahead of “Spartacus: Vengeance” Premiere

Beverly Hills, Calif. – November 7, 2011 – The most celebrated STARZ Originals franchise, “Spartacus,” will continue to wow audiences worldwide with a renewal secured for a thrilling and bloody third season. The green light comes well in advance of “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which will debut exclusively on STARZ - Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10PM ET/PT.

As yet untitled, production on the third season of ‘Spartacus‘ is expected to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.

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Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik commented,
“There is no denying the impact ‘Spartacus‘ has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. “Vengeance” brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three.”

“Many surprises are in store for ‘Vengeance‘ viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” said Rob Tapert, executive producer. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide.”

“The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans,” added Steven S. DeKnight, executive producer.

The most recent chapter of “Spartacus” was the prequel, “Gods of the Arena,” which ran in January 2011 and averaged an estimated 6.2 million total viewers per episode across all linear channels and on-demand viewing.

Australian actor Liam McIntyre (Ektopos, Radev, “Neighbours,” “The Pacific”) assumes the title role of Spartacus in “Vengeance.” McIntyre is joined by returning favorites: Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”) as Lucretia; Peter Mensah (Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore; Manu Bennett (The Marine, 30 Days of Night), as Crixus; Dustin Clare (“Underbelly,” “Satisfaction”) as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay (“Crash,” “CSI: Miami”) as Ashur; and Katrina Law (“Third Watch”) as Mira.

Season two also brings the return of “Blood and Sand” cast members, Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Claudius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca (Accidents Happen) . Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Dirt”) joins the series as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.

Premiering exclusively on STARZ, “Spartacus: Vengeance” is produced by executive producers Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead). “Spartacus” is distributed internationally by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution.

About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that content, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).



About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 19 million and 32.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).


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Two More Join Starz's Spartacus

Source: ComingSoon

March 13, 2012

Todd Lasance and Simon Merrells have been cast as Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus, respectively, for season three of the Starz Original series, “Spartacus.”

Gaius Julius Caesar is described as being, "a handsome young rogue from an esteemed lineage. His deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be brought to bear against the rebellion. And Caesar will begin his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become."

The Marcus Licinius Crassus description, meanwhile, reads, "The richest man in the Roman Republic. Envied and despised by the highborn among the senate, he craves the power and respect that defeating Spartacus and his rebel army would bring."

Lasance is known for his role as Ben McMahon in the Australian legal drama “Crownies" as well as the role of Quick Lamb in the critically acclaimed TV miniseries "Cloudstreet." He is last seen starring opposite Grant Bowler in the telemovie "The Great Mint Swindle."

Merrells played DO Griggs in the UK drama “London’s Burning,” had a recurring role in the BBC crime drama “Mersey Beat,” and was also seen on “Family Affair” and “Doctors.” He was last seen on the big screen alongside Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins in the Universal Pictures thriller, The Wolfman.

Both actors join Liam McIntyre (“Neighbours,” “The Pacific”) who stars as the title role of Spartacus.

“Spartacus” is executive produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead). This same conceptual creative team also produced the first three installments of the series: season one, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” the prequel, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” and season two, “Spartacus: Vengeance.”


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Go Behind the Scenes of Spartacus: War of the Damned

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July 9, 2012

Join Liam McIntyre and the cast and crew of the Starz Original Series "Spartacus: War of the Damned" as they take you on a behind-the-scenes first look at the making of the series’ final season.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned," currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

The "Spartacus" franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with "Blood and Sand." It was followed a year later with the prequel, "Gods of the Arena" (January 21, 2011). "Vengeance" hit the air on January 27, 2012 and "War of the Damned" is scheduled to air January 2013.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned" sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.



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