Though “Vengeance” won’t be upon us until January of 2012, the cast and crew of the sequel to Starz hit series “Spartacus” were out at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 in force, including stars (sorry, “starz”) Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven S. DeKnight, and brand new Spartacus Liam McIntyre.
But first, we chatted with geek icon Lucy Lawless, who’s been cosplayed possibly more than any other actor as both Xena Warrior Princess, and evil-ish Cylon Deanna on “Battlestar Galactica.” Lucky for us, she loves you geeks right back:
Beyond that little bit of fan service, Lawless also talked to us a little bit about her returning role as Lucretia in the series… And in fact, that return wasn’t 100% certain, after she was left bleeding to death at the end of the last non-prequel series, “Blood and Sand.” In case you’re wondering who to thank for Lucretia’s – and Lawless’ – surprising return to the series, she credits the press. You can leave your thanks in the comments.
On to McIntyre, who is stepping into the hefty sandals of rebel slave Spartacus after star Andy Whitfield fell, unfortunately, ill, McIntyre is justifiably honored and nervous. On the other hand, he’s extremely excited to become the action hero every kid dreams of being. Not sure we all dream of being enslaved, but we’ll go with McIntyre on this one.
Wondering how long things will go between the first Spartacus series, and this new one? Wonder no more! According to Clare, who played jacked-up gladiator Gannicus in the prequel series “Gods of the Arena,” and will return for “Vengeance,” says that the new series picks up five years after "Gods of the Arena." Oh, and Lucy Lawless just can’t keep her mitts off him.
Also returning from “Blood and Sand” is Spartacus’ friend Crixus, played on the show by Manu Bennett. Or are they friends? According to Bennett, the fast friends may not be so friendly by the end of Season Two. And for spoilers on that? Well, Bennett suggest that you can probably check the history books for the answer.
For DeKnight, who faced the unenviable task of continuing a show with or without an ailing star, the writer/producer says that end of the day it came down to previous Spartacus Andy Whitfield’s blessing. And though he’ll miss the actor, this season has an epic scale that previous seasons lacked. Also? The language is pretty cool.
Last -- but certainly not least -- Katrina Law chatted about changes in her role in the new season, as her character Mira gets used to freedom
Spartacus: Vengeance will be on Starz in January of 2012.