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April 29, 2011

Spartacus Season 2 Update: Naevia Recast!

Spartacus

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the forthcoming second season of Spartacus, which is tentatively titled, Spartacus: Vengeance. Well, now we have some news. After the saddening news of actress Lesley-Ann Brandt leaving the show to pursue other work, we were left wondering who would now replace the second departing cast member. She played Naevia, fellow slave and love interest of the gladiator Crixus.

Lesley-Ann-Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Now we have our answer in the form of Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Cynthia is a relatively unknown actress unless you watched the now canceled ABC TV series Flashforward. She seems suitable to play Naevia in the next season of Spartacus, but I suppose we won’t know until it premieres. I’m more worried about Liam McIntyre filling in on Spartacus, that fella has some gargantuan shoes to fill.

The New Navia.

The New Naevia

Please comment below about this newest casting, and stay tuned for our big Spartacus Season 2 rundown of everything we know for the upcoming season!

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22 comments
Yoko
Yoko

At first I thought that the directors decided to replace the old Naevia to get an actress who would be better at playing a fighter, but I see that she left on her own. Big disappointment. Some people I know didn't even notice the difference (those who didn't like Naevia anyway), but for me, the new actress is terrible, with those ugly expressions she makes. If you're going to find a new actress and don't want the old one to be missed, find one who's prettier than the old one, or at least not uglier! I no longer give a damn about Crixus and Naevia now...

z6a6
z6a6

becuz ur an idiot, thats why you didnt notice

dd
dd

i think the new naevia is pretty..she may not be as beautiful as the original but she is none the less...they both play the part well....the wigs were better in first season because it was her regular state of beautiful hair..at the end of first her hair was chopped off it wouldnt make sense to come into 2nd season with beautiful long hair if your hair was cut the last time u were seen in the series...n what does hem being the same race has to do with anything oh...rite nothing!!! some ppl need to think before they type

cheznazi (@cheznazi)
cheznazi (@cheznazi)

I am new to Spartacus. I watched Season one only on August 26th, 2012 and was floored by the production, the acting, the set, everything! I was looking forward to watching Season 2 and was surprised that the lead actor had changed. I was truly saddned to find out (last week) that Andy Whitfield passed away on Sept 11th, 2011. Shocking news! He was so young and so healthy and strong. Andy Whitfield truly was a talent that was discovered too late (as it turns out). But we had him for 1 year and that was indeed a blessing because I really believe that his portrayal of Spartacus is what made the show so great to watch! I have written an article on my blog about why Season 2 did not meet my expectations. As for Naevia - I wondered what happened to the original actor who played that character, hence landing on this page. Both ladies are talented and beautiful but I did not care much of Cynthia's wig. They chose such great wigs for Lucy throughout the series but messed up with Cynthia's.

maame okai
maame okai

let's face it, hating a character can bring out the jackass in some people.

maame okai
maame okai

Beauty is a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder.The standards of attractiveness are different across genders and cultures.

maame okai
maame okai

Accept that the New Naevia appeals to different demographic and has devoted fans world wide!

MMc
MMc

Agreed! Leslie is definitely missed. I hope she comes back at some point.

Ophelia
Ophelia

The new Naevia SUCKS. I mean no offense to the actress but I liked Lesley-Anne Brandt way better. I was watching the show and didn't even realize that was Naevia. It would of been better if they got a girl who looked similar but they don't even look alike.

monique
monique

Cynthia is not believable at all when she finally spoke last Friday she sounded like she was reading a script or something and lets not talk about her beauty, if there were going to replace Lesley they should have found someone that almost looked and acted like Lesley and don't let me get on the New Spartacus!!! Andy Whitfield made Spartacus he played that part to the fullest he made you want to watch it and come back for more, but with the new Spartacus I have to force myself to watch it. to me if there were going to replace people then they should have at least found people with the right attitude for the parts there were taking over it's a disappointment and a slap in the face to the loyal fans of Spartacus

Bug
Bug

I love Lesley for this character. Her beauty was striking. Like Andy she is irreplaceable. Cynthia just made her appearance on the show and she does not hold candle to the original. She has not had many speaking parts so I am hoping when and if she gets to speak she will at least be some what believable it is kind of hard because as a viewer I am still trying to get past her looks. Not bad but not Lesley. RIP Andy you will always be remembered as the one and only Spartacus.

Dee
Dee

I'm extremely sad that Andy won't be returning. You're right he does have some gargantuan shoes to fill. Just saw the "first look" at ew.com and i can't wait for the next season...but i'm not sure how Liam will work. I don't get "spartacus" from him...not the way Andy gave it to us.

boymaiden
boymaiden

sorry to say tis, you r disappointing the loyal fan and audience everywhere in the world .." they're saying why the fuck that they had to change the original characters to new replacement" for example andy whitefield n so on.. so please, whoever the fuck are the director or producer.. you're making a big fucking mistakes..add on1.the movie will not have feeling and heart and of course disappointment in it

tete
tete

Oh yeah, someone has a different opinion so insult that, that'll make you look more mature. What a whiny little bitch you are, the new Naevia does suck btw.

maame okai
maame okai

The mood in Vengeance is different from Blood and Sand. .New Naevia portrays the behaviour of a rape victim and yes its not pleasant!1

maame okai
maame okai

Who says a show can’t replace an actor and still be successful?It has been done and it has been done well. Some television shows have even changed lead actors several times and continued to be successful.Get over it. Lol!!

batata
batata

they are both human (race)

maame okai
maame okai

A popular character is killed off or otherwise written out and replaced with a new character who fills their previous role. Regardless of what this new character is like, they're likely to end up with a Hatedom directed at them, just because they're not the old favourite.

maame okai
maame okai

Research shows that when there are changes in established shows a few die-hard fans will be a vocal minority of haters and so this is nothing new.

maame okai
maame okai

A few die hard fans find it difficult to fathom Naevia's character uplifted from the servant status to a Gladiator. However the majority of the fan base around the world applaud the new character development.

Dr. Kronner
Dr. Kronner

Well Andy Whitfield has cancer, so he had to drop out..,