The second season of Spartacus has yet to debut on STARZ, however the network’s already gone ahead and given the greenlight to a third season. STARZ announced today that the series will return for season 3, with production expected to start up in New Zealand in early 2012.
Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik commented in the press release, “There is no denying the impact Spartacus has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. Vengeance brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three.”
“Many surprises are in store for Vengeance viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” stated Rob Tapert, executive producer. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide.”
“The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans,” added Steven S. DeKnight, executive producer.
Returning Spartacus cast members who join McIntyre for season 2 include Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Peter Mensah as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore, Manu Bennett as Crixus, Dustin Clare as Gannicus, Nick E. Tarabay as Ashur, and Katrina Law as Mira.
Returning from Spartacus: Blood and Sand are Craig Parker as Gaius Claudius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca. Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson joins the series in season two as Naevia (the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus).
Source: STARZ – November 7, 2011