Todd Lasance, Simon Merrells

All hail Caesar!

Todd Lasance has been cast as the infamous ruler of Rome on Starz's Spartacus, the network announced Tuesday.

In the third season of the series, a younger Gaius Julius Caesar will rise through the ranks to become the all-powerful ruler. His deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be used in the fight against the rebellion.

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Lasance, an Australian actor best-known for his role in Crownies, joins a long line of actors who have portrayed Caesar; most recently, Christopher Plummer and Ciaran Hinds.

Also joining the cast in Season 3 is Simon Merrells (The Wolfman), who will play Marcus Crassus. The richest man in the Roman Republic, Marcus is envied and despised by the highborn among the senate. He craves the power and respect that defeating Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his rebel army would bring.