By Tim Stack
Updated March 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM EDT

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless is returning to the sword-and-sandal genre in Starz’s new series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Lawless will portray Lucretia, one of the owners of prisoner-turned-gladiator Spartacus, who’ll be played by Australian newcomer Andy Whitfield. The series is being executive produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, and Joshua Donen and will premiere on Starz in January 2010.