Spartacus: Gods of the Arena First Look at Key Art

by on November 18, 2010

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena 2011

Starz has released some promo art for the upcoming prequel titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and this is our first look at the key art for the show, that will star Dustin Clare.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus in a more ruthless time before Spartacus’ arrival where honor was just finding it’s way into the arena.

Wow!  More ruthless!!??

Manu Bennett as Crixus in Spartacus Gods of the Arena

Alongside Clare, some familiar faces will grace the series:  Manu Bennett as the ever resourceful Crixus , John Hannah will reprise (or is that pre-prise?) his role as the business minded (in the art of combat) Quintus Batiatus , Lucy Lawless will play Lucretia ,  Peter Mensah as Oenomaus , Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells from Warehouse 13!) as Gaia , Marisa Ramirez (The Young and the Restless), Jeffrey Thomas and I’m sure other stalwart and sexy cast members.

Peter Mensah in Spartacus

From the first series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Manu Bennett, John Hannah & Peter Mensah stood out for me.  (It goes without saying that Andy Whitfield took command of the series before his departure to fight lymphona.)  See my review of the Spartacus Blood and Sand season one DVD.

The series is set to premiere on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m./ET on Starz.  In the meantime, no word yet on any choice of a replacement for Andy Whitfield.  As I mentioned earlier, the studio had narrowed down their replacement choice to three actors for the 2nd Spartacus season.   We’ll let you know as soon as we find out anything in regards to Andy’s ongoing battle.

[Photo: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena © 2010 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved]

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