TCA: ‘Spartacus’ Exec Describes Months-Long Audition Process to Replace Andy Whitfield
It doesn’t sound like anyone took replacing the late Andy Whitfield in his Spartacus role lightly. During Starz’s presentation of the next season, Spartacus: Vengeance, Managing Director Carmi Zlotnick described how he managed the process of casting Liam McIntyre. “Thank God that he was willing to do the work required to take on this role,” Zlotnick tells the room of TV reporters at TCA in Pasadena on Friday. “He worked out, I got weekly updates showing how his physique changed from week to week. And after a period of a couple months of having him do that, we finally decided this is the guy. He not only has the acting chops, but the ability to bring the kind of intensity and unique attributes the role requires.”
notthedwarvesyourelookingfor inquired: hi! something was bugging me and maybe you know: why is there another actress cast as Naevia in Vengeance? I loved Lesley-Ann Brandt, she's gorgeous.. pity! =(
With the information that has been made public by her publicist, she wanted more money but didn’t get it. Then her publicist released a statement about her having scheduling issues. So the part was recast with Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
Which of these reasons is true or if they’re both true is not really clear. I’m not very impressed with her considering the reason another main role was cast was cancer and subsequent death. But the cast and crew seem to be on very good terms with Lesley (they always seem to be hanging out, as per their twitters) so there must not be any animosity.