Wednesday, 28 December 2011

TV Geek - Cast Photos For Spartacus: Vengence

Spartacus comes back to our screens January 27. To whet our appetite Starz has released new photos and profiles for the cast of Season 2.

Check them out after the jump.

(Liam McIntyre)

From his distant days as a Thracian warrior fighting for Rome to his time as the slave
who became the champion gladiator of Capua, Spartacus is now the unlikely but fated
leader of one of history’s first revolts for freedom. With his nemesis Gaius Claudius
Glaber dispatched from Rome to hunt him down, Spartacus fights to keep the bonds of
his fractured band of former gladiators and slaves from fraying. To do this, he must
strike a balance between the rigorous sacrifices required of a leader of a just cause and
his personal thirst for bloody vengeance against the Romans who robbed him of his
former life.

(Manu Bennett)
Crixus is the former champion gladiator deposed by Spartacus who at a crucial moment
came to his rival’s aid and facilitated the escape from Batiatus’s ludus. Crixus is looked
up to by his fellow Gauls and is thus a crucial figure in Spartacus’ attempts to hold
together the ethnically diverse group of rebels he commands. But Crixus burns for no
higher cause than finding his lost love Naevia. If he can’t find and save the woman that
was taken from him he’ll lose his reason for living and the rebellion will lose one of its
fiercest fighters.

(Peter Mensah)
The man once known as Doctore and proud of the mantle, Oenomaus is no longer a
trainer of gladiators but a man now searching for his place in the world. Bereft of a wife
and an occupation, he finds himself caught in the middle between his former loyalties to
the Roman way of things and the rebellion against that way by the men he used to
command. Oenomaus is a man with nothing left to lose whose ferocious talent for
fighting and teaching could potentially be a powerful gain for Spartacus’ cause.

(Dustin Clare)
Gannicus is the former champion of Capua in the time before Spartacus, whose freedom
was earned not by rebellion but by victory in the arena. Though free, he has been shorn
of the gladiatorial glory that was once his and is now a rogue wanderer haunted by the
guilt he feels for betraying his best friend Oenomaus and the death of Melitta. Gannicus
seeks to atone for his mistakes but betrayals are not easily forgiven in the midst of
rebellion and vengeance.

(Lucy Lawless)
Lucretia is the Roman widow found alive in her ruined villa, having survived the bloody
gladiator revolt that took the life of her husband, the gladiator owner Batiatus. The
traumatic devastation that was visited upon her has upended her world and her mind
struggles to adjust to a new reality. Where once she and her husband maneuvered to
ascend the social ranks of the Roman hierarchy, Lucretia is now left alone to hang on
and merely survive.

(Craig Parker)
Gaius Claudius Glaber is the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus and his wife
to slavery. Now holding the high rank of praetor within the senate, Glaber must hunt
down his former prisoner to put an end to the budding rebellion, to defuse the threat to
the Republic and fend off the political rivals that stand to outmaneuver him. It’s an
objective he’d rather not leave Rome to carry out but if he can successfully put his
capacity for ruthlessness and hatred for Spartacus to work he might win the glory and
fame he’s always craved.

(Katrina Law)
Mira is a freed slave who played a vital part in helping Spartacus plot and execute the
escape from Batiatus’ ludus and thus helped to trigger the uprising that now grows in
strength. Mira is profoundly dedicated to Spartacus and the larger cause that inflames
them both, proving herself a fierce champion for freedom and justice for those they
fight alongside and those yet to be liberated. She is deeply devoted to the cause, and
even more so to Spartacus himself.

(Nick E. Tarabay)
With his master Batiatus dead, the ever devious Ashur seeks a powerful new patron
who will appreciate his cunning gifts. He offers the experience gained from his years
among the gladiators before they escaped from the House of Batiatus, which makes him
an essential link between the mutinous Spartacus and the powerful Romans who seek
his destruction. Beholden only to his own desire for enrichment and power, Ashur
reveals a new layer of treachery that any who cross him will have to contend with.

(Viva Bianca)
Ilithyia is the alluring and cunning wife of Glaber. Wanting nothing more than a life of
comfort and upward mobility in Rome, she is dismayed to be bound to her husband’s
unfortunate burden of extinguishing the rebellion in Capua. Returning to the city where
she witnessed, and caused, so much bloody intrigue threatens to destroy the standing
she has long thought rightfully hers.

(Cynthia Addai-Robinson)
Naevia is the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the ludus for
engaging in a love affair with Crixus. She represents all that Crixus still lives for, driving
him to fight alongside Spartacus in mutiny against Rome in the hopes of one day finding
her. Crixus longs to see her still alive, to rescue her from exile and be reunited in love
and freedom.

(Dan Feuerriegel)
A fierce warrior trained in the deadly arts of a gladiator. His loyalty to Spartacus and the
rebellion is driven by his own need for vengeance for the death that befell his brother in
the escape from Batiatus’ ludus. His volatility and quick temper stokes the antagonism
that already exists between himself and Crixus.

(Tom Hobbs)
Seppius is a young, headstrong Roman who leads his own band of mercenaries in the
hunt to destroy Spartacus and his fledgling army. Seppius stubbornly refuses to
cooperate with Glaber upon his arrival in Capua, establishing a tense competition to
secure the honor that will come to the man who finds Spartacus first. Though severe in
method and ruthless in character, Seppius will find that it is no small task to spurn the
power of Rome.

(Hanna Mangan)
Seppia is the fetching younger sister of Seppius who longs to ply her flirtatious charms
on the elite Roman men that have come to Capua to pursue Spartacus. Her apparent
carefree attitude sets her apart from her dour, disapproving brother but she shares with
him a stubborn desire to have her way. Seppia will find, however, that she may lack the
experience needed in matters of power and persuasion to satisfy her desires in the
midst of the bloody affairs playing out in Capua.

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