Starz has released a series of trailers to promote their new “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” six-part prequel series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” premiering Jan. 21. From the looks of it, there will be more blood, more sand, and—most importantly—more naked slave girls.
South African model-turned-actress Lesley Ann Brandt reprises her role as slave Naevia and is joined by insanely hot newcomers Jessica Grace Smith (Diona) and Marisa Ramirez (Melitta). If producers have Laura Surrich hiding in the bathhouse somewhere, this could live up to be the most stroke-worthy spin-off in TV history.
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Peep the trailer:
Ramirez (pictured above) is best know for her roles on “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” but has also starred in the 2005 frightener All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos and had appearances on the televison shows “Supernatural,” “Castle,” and “Roswell.” Newbie Smith costarred with Surrich in the indie horror-comedy Diagnosis: Death.
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” follows the House of Batiatus as it strives to make a name for itself. Aussie actor Dustin Clare heads the casts as the gladiator Gannicus, and is joined by “Dexter’s” Jaime Murray and returning faces Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), John Hannah (Batiatus), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), and Manu Bennett (Crixus).
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” debuted last January to over a million viewers, making it the Starz network’s most watched program. A second season of the Sam Raimi-produced series is slated to air later this fall. “Gods of the Arena” was meant to buy “Spartacus” lead Andy Whitfield some time to recover from his bout with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, the 36-year-old actor has stepped down from the role.
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” is available on DVD and Blu-ray.