Lesley-Ann Brandt Leaving SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND

Lesley-Ann Brandt

It looks like Spartacus will not be the only recast role when SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND returns for its second season. According to Deadline.com, actress Lesley-Ann Brandt is leaving the show.

Brandt played Naevia, body slave to Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and lover of Crixus (Manu Bennett) on the first season of the show as well as in the prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The actress has reportedly decided not to renew her contract and won’t be back for season 2. Instead she plans to continue her work in a recurring role on CSI: NY and has opted to also pursue broadcast pilots, which are currently casting.

This means that the part of fan-favorite Naevia is set to be recast. Starz has garnered a reputation for being less restrictive in its actors’ contracts, which also allowed Jane Lynch to leave Party Down to go star in Glee.

The second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand will also introduce Liam McIntyre as the new Spartacus. McIntyre was cast in the role to replace ailing original star Andy Whitfield.

Production on sword-and-sandal drama’s second season is slated to begin shortly.

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