Sad news on a sad day: Andy Whitfield has died from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The 39-year-old actor, best known for his portrayal of Spartacus in the Starz series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” passed away this morning in Sydney, Australia with his wife by his side.
Whitfield was set to begin work on season two of the hit show when he was diagnosed with the disease, 18 months ago. Starz produced and aired the spinoff series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” with the hope that Whitfield would recover and return to the show.
Unfortunately, Whitfield would not return. He was replaced in January by fellow Aussie Liam McIntyre after stepping down from the show for good.
IFC Midnight has released a teaser trailer for director Chris Peckover’s intense and timely feature film debut Undocumented. Written by Peckover and Joe Peterson, the sure-to-be controversial thriller follows a group of young filmmakers taken hostage by vigilante “patriots” in New Mexico and forced to document the torture and murder of the Mexican immigrants they catch crossing the border.
Undocumented stars Alona Tal (Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3-D), Scott Mechlowicz (Mean Creek), Kevin Weisman (”Alias”), Greg Serano (”Scoundrels”), Yancey Arias (Legion), Noah Segan (Chain Letter), and Nicholas Tucci (Choose). IFC Midnight will make the film available for viewing ON Demand nationwide on Sept. 14.
I caught an early screening of the film over a year ago and just really dug it. You can read my spoiler-free review here.