'Spartacus: Blood and Sand': Andy Whitfield may be replaced

andy-whitfield-gi-320.jpg Andy Whitfield was forced to drop out of Starz's period drama "Spactacus: Blood and Sand" earlier this month so he could resume cancer treatment for his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which his doctors suggested by "immediate" and "aggressive." Sources tell Reuters that the cable network has begun talks with casting directors to about possibly finding a replacement.

Reportedly Whitfield supports the series' continuation. If no appropriate replacement can be found, Starz and the producers may opt to delay its return or cancel production altogether. Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and a "Spartacus" prequel was crafted that did not involve him.

The prequel is currently filming in New Zealand and is set to air in January, but a decision about the second season will have to be reached in the next couple months because production is set to begin on the second season immediately following the filming of the prequel.

The show also wants to find a way to have Whitfield involved somehow because any credit on the show means he remains an employed member of the production. What do you think, "Spartacus" fans? Should Whitfield be recast?

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