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Spartacus Vengeance Team adds Caesar and Crassus for Spartacus Season 3
We are only part way through Spartacus: Vengeance and show executives have already been preparing for the third season of the Roman television show. As quickly as upstanding Roman citizens are killed, they are replaced by new and exciting characters from the historical Empire. But this is Rome dear readers so where in the name of Jupiter is Julius Caesar?
It would seem that writers intend to rectify the oversight in season 3 of the Starz hit, Spartacus which as of yet, does not have a nifty subtitle (Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, and Vengeance). Not one, but two iconic figures in Roman history have been cast for the next installment of Spartacus, Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus. The two actors who landed the roles couldn’t be more different. As Caesar, executives have cast Todd Lasance (Cloudstreet) and Crassus will be portrayed by Simon Merrells (The Wolfman).
In this version of the Empire, Gaius Julius Caesar will be depicted as 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.” Requiring a more seasoned look Marcus Licinius Crassus is “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.”
The duo will be joining Liam McIntyre who took the place of Andy Whitfield as Spartacus after his passing due to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma this past September. McIntyre does a fantastic job as title character but fans will undoubtedly always see Whitfield as the original raw, primal and very powerful – visually and physically – Spartacus. The actor’s passing shocked fans who had heard not too long before that Whitfield was cancer-free and ready to return to the Spartacus set. McIntyre has some big shoes to fill as he steps in for the official season 2 of Spartacus.
Sadness aside, fans have much more to look forward to as Spartacus sweeps through the Empire causing havoc and running amok. He will have new foes to knock off their high horses and political intrigue will plague the Roman blue-bloods as they struggle for power, and all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the show.
Get your fix of the Roman Empire, their fashion and wigs, their taste for blood and social manipulation and you can see it all in the special slow motion camera they like to use every five seconds this season. I’m all for slo-mo but use it in the right places! Look for more to come when the third season of Spartacus hits television sets next year, for now lets all tune in as Spartacus gets his vengeance!