Spartacus has at least partially answered that question, having officially announced the men to play Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Todd Lasance will star as the future Roman emperor, marching toward the throne when we pick up with him in season three. Caesar may have the intellect capable to take on Spartacus, but he’s also got enough aptitude in battle to pose a real threat. Crassus, on the other hand, will be played by Simon Merrells; considered one of the richest men in history, he has the ambition and thirst for power to be a danger, particularly if paired with someone like Caesar.
Several key historical figures have been portrayed in the various seasons of Spartacus, including Crixus, Oenomaus, and Glaber, but Caesar is arguably the most famous figure in Roman history to be included thus far. Lasance, a veteran of the Australian television industry (Home and Away, Crownies), will have a lot to live up to, but Caesar is such a juicy role that I think it could be a fun addition to the show. Merrells, himself no stranger to TV (Family Affairs, London’s Burning), should bring a lot to Spartacus as well, thanks to the latitude that comes with playing a lesser-known figure.
Spartacus airs Friday nights at 10:00 on Starz, with the second season finale to air March 30th. If you missed Kevin Fitzpatrick’s review over the most recent episode, you can check it out here.
What do you think about the casting choices for Caesar and Crassus? What other historical figures do you want to see portrayed in a season of Spartacus? Has Spartacus: Vengeance lived up to Blood and Sand & Gods of the Arena?