Lucy Lawless to Star in Spartacus

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Lucy Lawless has signed on to star in the new fantasy-and-fighting series from “Xena: Warrior Princess” masterminds Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, says Variety.

The previously announced project from Starz Media, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” will feature the New Zealand actress, who starred in “Xena” from 1995-2001, as the proprietor of a camp for gladiators.

Australian actor Andy Whitfield will play the title role.

The project, which goes into production in April, is set to premiere on the Starz premium cable channel in January 2010.