This week’s print issue of Entertainment Weekly contains a feature on the backdoor pilot of The Originals, set to air as an episode of The Vampire Diaries on April 25th, and their web site has a taste of the article as well as one of seven exclusive photos (excerpted to the left).
“With luck, over a long stretch of time and many, many seasons,” [Julie] Plec says, “The Originals will ultimately be the redemption tale of Klaus and, possibly, the unraveling of Elijah, who is going to have to maybe get his hands dirty in an effort to keep his brother in check.”
And speaking of Originals, Daniel Gillies has done some interviews ahead of tonight’s new episode, American Gothic (EP418). We’ll be updating this list if more crop up, so check back!
- ET Online: Daniel Gillies Talks ‘TVD’ Spin-Off Dreams
- TV Fanatic: Daniel Gillies Previews Return to The Vampire Diaries, Another Clean-Up for Elijah
Next week’s episode (American Gothic, EP418) is already generating a buzz, and it marks the return of a TVD fan favorite: Elijah, played by Daniel Gillies.
Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Daniel to ask him about his character’s upcoming appearance and got this tantalizing response:
“All I can say is tune in,” Gillies says, “because Elijah’s gonna shock and possibly even horrify a few. In fact, I’ll say he’s gonna horrify many. But frankly, I don’t care. I think what he’s doing is wonderful.”
Julie Plec also weighs in on the character’s return, READ THE REST AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
According to Deadline, Daniel Gillies is set as one of three leads on the potential spinoff The Originals.
Another Vampire Diaries standout is headed to the potential spinoff series. Daniel Gillies is set to star opposite Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals, which will be introduced as an upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries that will air April 25, serving as a potential backdoor pilot. All three are reprising their roles from the original series as the spinoff is keeping the three-lead — two vampire brothers and a girl — formula of Vampire Diaries. The only difference is that the female lead, Hayley (Tonkin), is not an ordinary teenager like Vampire Diaries‘ Elena but a werewolf.
Update: Give Me My Remote has confirmed the casting with Warner Bros.
News of The Originals spinoff has caused quite a sensation in the fandom. Everyone is asking questions about how it will work and above all, who we might see on it.
Entertainment Weekly interviewed Julie Plec on the topic, and she not only gives some details about the show’s mysterious new character, Marcel, she also has a few things to say about the possibility of guest stars that will have Elijah fans doing cartwheels in the aisles.
Would there be a role for Elijah (Daniel Gillies) in the spinoff, because there needs to be.
[Plec] Oh, in the world of Julie Plec [Laughs] and her obsession with Daniel Gillies, there is always a role for Elijah. It’s only a matter of whether in Daniel Gillies’ world there is an interest in having a job with Julie Plec. But I can hope the answer is yes.
When asked about the role of Rebekah, and whether we might be seeing Claire Holt in New Orleans, Julie allows for the possibility but does point out that Rebekah is very much in the middle of things on TVD right now, not to mention extremely put out with Klaus. Fortunately for Rebekah fans, Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Claire Holt recently, and she sheds a little more light (spoilers!) on what Rebekah’s up to in tomorrow night’s episode.
“Rebekah gathers Stefan, Elena, and Caroline in the high school and she basically psychologically tortures them,” Holt says. “She questions them about the tattoo, and the cure, and Stefan and Elena’s relationship, and it brings some uncomfortable truths to light. It’s definitely going to be much more difficult for Caroline, Elena, and Stefan than it is for Rebekah.”
As if tonight’s season premiere wasn’t enough, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first glimpse of Klaus and Elijah in 12th century garb (and hair!). In the accompanying video, costume designer Leigh Leverett talks about her style choices, and which character’s look was deliberately altered a bit from the period norm.
“I look at research from the period and find the best styles… that I think fit our show,” Leverett says about the three costumes she created for the episode. “We actually built all of this in our tailor shop.”
We’ve also got a few more interviews and goodies to help tide you over until tonight:
- VIDEO INTERVIEW: Julie Plec (Executive Producer) from The Vampire Diaries via the TV Chick
- ‘Vampire Diaries’ Pic: Klaus Hits His Breaking Point On Season Premiere via Hollywood Life
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Kat Graham Teases Season 4 Will ‘Blow Your Mind’ via Give Me My Remote
Are you ready for more Season 4 promo portraits? The official Facebook page has been releasing these ever-so-slowly, drumming up anticipation for the big premiere tomorrow night at 8/7c. You will be tuning in, yes? Feast your eyes on this portrait of Matt and then head over to Zap2It for their exclusive peek at the portraits for Bonnie, Rebekah, and Elijah.
UPDATE: Added Bonnie, Rebekah and Elijah portraits. Click to view them in the Gallery!
(Via the FB page, “VULNERA SAPIENTIA” – wounds to wisdom.)
The CW has posted a brief but snazzy interview with Daniel Gillies. He talks Elijah, mythology, and the TVD fanbase. (I think we all can agree that we – the fans – are the lucky ones, right?)
MTV Hollywood Crush has an interesting chat with Daniel Gillies about the flashback episode of The Vampire Diaries he’s shooting for Season 4. In case you’d thought Elijah’s hair had revealed all of its secrets, Gillies assures us there will be yet another incarnation of the Original’s signature hairdo in the 11th century. Elijah’s coiffure aside, he does have plenty more to say on the subject of the Original family and why Elijah is an important force while Klaus is still in the picture.
“[Elijah is] going to be back, and what role do we expect him to play? I think Elijah brings order. Whenever he returns, s–t gets done,” Daniel explained. “He’s sort of the stabilizer. There’s always a shift in the equilibrium. I think he’s the only one who can truly sort of restrain his brother. I think he’s the only one with the dignity/lucidity to be able to strategize a way out of Mystic Falls and into some sort of sanctuary for their family. I’m not saying that’s what he’s going to do, I’m saying that’s what he’s capable of. I think if the family listened to Elijah, they’d be in an excellent place to position themselves in this very contemporary world that wants them all gone.”
On how he got interested:
“I met this little boy who just broke my heart because I could see there was a fragility in the child,” he explains. “We had to be careful playing with him and he had to wear a crash-helmet. He’s an adorable boy. Of course, naturally I inquired about his health and condition, just to learn about the disease.”
And on the Vampire Diaries front, Daniel confirms whether or not he’ll be back for this week’s finale, about which he says:
“[The episode is] just going to rock the foundation of the fandom. It’s stunning what the writers have done. I love what Julie Plec has done. I’m as eager as the fans to see how it evolves. It’s deeply tragic. You can expect some tragedy. That’s all I can really say. Whatever’s happening with this group of people is about to be changed forever.”
Heads up, Elijah fans! This week’s Vampire Diaries Bite from TV Guide features Daniel Gillies. Daniel explains Elijah’s unique accent and addresses the amazing facility that all Originals seem to have with modern technology. Spoilers for All My Children (EP315).