SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE January 2012 Premiere Date Announced by STARZ

by on November 4, 2011

in Entertainment

If you follow Cinema Static on Twitter, or Brusimm on FB, that I fired off this info yesterday…

STARZ announced that Spartacus: Vengeance, starring Liam McIntyre, will be premiering on the pay cable channel on Friday, January 27th at 10pm ET/PT.

SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE from Starz

If you recall the season finale of the first season, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, you know that there was a blood bath to be had at the House of Batiatus and Spartacus led the revolt to freedom.

In Spartacus: Vengeance, the 2nd season premiere takes place a mere few weeks after events from the 1st season finale.

Capua is in disarray, with all the gladiators having escaped.  And all the gladiators have formed what could be called an uneasy alliance.

Spartacus is focused on revenge for the murder of his wife, but he will come to realize that his actions have started something bigger than avenging Sura’s death.

Now, he has a different mission, and that’s to build a new  army, free the slaves and bring the Roman Empire to its knees.

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus

Australian actor Liam McIntyre (Ektopos, Radev, TV: Neighbours, The Pacific) is now in the role of Spartacus.

Returning cast from season one, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, includes

Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica) as Lucretia; Peter Mensah (Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus, who was formerly known as Doctore in the House of Batiatus; Manu Bennett (The Marine, 30 Days of Night), as Crixus; Nick E. Tarabay (Crash, CSI: Miami) as Ashur; and Katrina Law (Third Watch) as Mira.

Dustin Clare (Underbelly, Satisfaction) returns as Gannicus.  We did not see Dustin Clare in Blood and Sand, but rather, he played the role of Gannicus in the wonderful prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

In addition, we’ll also see Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Cladius Glaber, and his alluring and sneaky/plotting wife Ilithyia (Accidents Happen), played by Viva Bianca.

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.

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Spartacus: Vengeance – Teaser Clip

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).

This is the same creative team that was behind the first two installments of the Spartacus series: Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and the prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

It should rock.

If you did not catch the prequel, they did an amazing job working from the past and filling in background details to the characters.

Spartacus Vengeance cast member Manu Bennett by Bruce Simmons-P7238548.jpg

The one cast member/character that stood out to me was Manu Bennett as Crixus.  We all know Crixus to be the ass-kicker that he is today, but in the prequel, he was trying to find his own place amongst the games and did not trust himself…  he was quite insecure, and Bennett played this so well that it drove viewers crazy.

It was amazing to think, how could a prequel be any good when you know how it all settles out, but Spartacus: Gods of the Arena pulled off a lot of development story in an incredibly imaginative and satisfying way, as we watched how the characters came into their own to fulfill their roles in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  And now, we get to watch their continuing development in the newest season of the Spartacus franchise, Spartacus: Vengeance.

Just sayin!

Spartacus: Vengeance – Trailer

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About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 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.

[Starz Press Release]

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