Andy Whitman, the star of Starz’ series Spartacus Blood and Sand, has announced that he will not be returning for the second season of the show due to a recurrence of cancer.
The 36 year old Australian has been informed by his doctors to immediately begin and aggressive treatment course in treating his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Due to that course of treatment it would not be possible for him to regain his strength and be able to endure the rigorous and demanding filming schedule. In a statement Whitman stated:
“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey.”
The producers of the show have announced that co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah will film a six episode prequel in hopes that Whitfield can recover and return for the next season.<