What’s up with hit shows on Premium Channels and the bad trend of nearly terminal cancer striking down stars left, and well, right. Andy Whitfield, the strikingly handsome, often witty and tortured (great combo) Spartacus has been not been struck down with the blade of a champion, but with non- Hodgkin lymphoma.
So what does STARZ do when their surprise hit during the slow season’s namesake actor is undergoing treatment???
You got it. 6 part prequel.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the prequel series, which is planned for January 2011, will star John Hannah and Lucy Lawless, whose characters were skewered at the end of season one of the hit series.
The prequel will focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its gladiators before there ever was a Spartacus around to cause all that trouble. Hannah and Lawless will reprise their roles as Batiatus, the owner of the gladiator school, and his wife, Lucretia.
There was much speculation at the end of season 1 with “WHAT THE FUCK COULD THEY POSSIBLY DO NOW??!!” And while that is not “Speculation”, it’s all we had to proclaim in giddy joy when Hannah and Lawless weren’t just skewered but butchered by Spartacus. It was a great time talking over which avenue they could take when they returned, but unfortunately with Whitfield’s ailments, the NEXT CHAPTER is gonna have to be BS (Before Spartacus).
Awesomest news thus far though? The return of all the players sans Whitfield, including Peter Mensah as Doctore, Manu Bennett as Crixus, Antonio Te Maioha as Barca, Nick E. Tarabay as Ashur and Lesley-Ann Brandt as Naevia. Also I here an addition of a new champion, which leads me to believe to story could revolve largely around Crixus being a newb and dethroning the champ to just become champion, but win over the heart (and Vagina) of the soulless ginger, Domina (Lawless).
We here offer Andy Whitfield a smooth and speedy recovery and get back to (no pun intended) fighting form. Before the can get to season 2, this is the best needle for our Spartacus jonesing itching away at our veins like we’re chasing the dragon.
Andy, I hereby give you an honorary and well deserved, “We speak your name.”