It’s the news we know many of you have been waiting for: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Claire Holt will indeed be playing Rebekah in a co-starring role on the potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. She’ll join Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies in playing members of the Original family making the transition. The backdoor pilot will air April 25th.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has confirmed this casting to Give Me My Remote.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Leah Pipes has been cast in the lead human role of Camille in the backdoor pilot of potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. You may have seen her on Life Is Wild or The Deep End. Her character is “a college psychology student fascinated by the study of human behavior unaware of the supernatural universe that exists around her.”
UPDATE: Give Me My Remote has confirmation of the casting from the CW.
Klaus has found his protege! According to Deadline, actor Charles Michael Davis of Switched at Birth and The Game has been cast as Marcel, Klaus’s “diabolical former protege.” Warner Bros. has confirmed the casting to Give Me My Remote. Here’s a little more on the character:
“Wicked, wild and charismatic, Marcel is a former kicked -around street rat who now calls the shots in the supernatural playground of New Orleans. As a modern-day vampire, he’s fierce and bold, able to accomplish as much with his charm as he is with his strength.”
Deadline is reporting that actress Daniella Pineda has been cast as a regular on the potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. You may have seen Daniella in Homeland or The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. Daniella will reportedly play a witch named Sophie:
Pineda will play Sophie, a witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed. A leader and a sexy, sharp-tongued social force, she is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers.
A backdoor pilot for The Originals will air as a Vampire Diaries episode on April 25th.
UPDATE: Via Give Me My Remote, the CW has confirmed Pineda’s casting, so it’s official!
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.
In the Vampire Diaries episode slated to air April 25, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protege Marcel. The Secret Circle’s Phoebe Tonkin, who joined Vampire Diaries this season in a pivotal recurring role, will also star.
Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will also serve as executive producers. Reminder: The spinoff is not a sure thing, but even the fact that it’s in the works is a big deal! Thoughts? Do you want to watch The Originals?
UPDATE: Give Me My Remote has confirmation from the network that this is indeed in the works.
Give Me My Remote has some more from their recent interview with Kat Graham to share to whet our appetites for tonight’s episode. Turns out the cast is just as surprised by the show’s twists and turns as we are!
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Nina Dobrev during a recent TVD set visit to talk about the Season 3 finale, Elena’s transition, and Salvatores:
“She’s confused and changing and having different cravings and having different urges,” says Dobrev. “I feel like she’s kind of gone back to being stuck in the middle between the two boys.”
Give Me My Remote has more with Julie Plec, who discusses the show’s success, Twitter reactions to the Season 3 finale, and why Season 4 will not be slowing things down:
JP: And so I went into season 3 and I told all the actors, “This is the year we really need to prove to everybody that we’re good at what we do and this show is never going to falter. And the quality of storytelling, quality of production, quality of performance is our priority, and we’re going to do it, we’re going to work our asses off so nobody thinks this was just a fluke.” And we did so well in season 3 that I think in the back of our heads, we thought we could step back a little in season 4 and sleep a little. And then we get to season 4 and we realized, no, it’s been going so well, we haven’t faltered yet, let’s just drive this train all the way to the end of the series and never let anyone say, “You really blew it.” So that’s the goal.
And Zap2It has a nice introduction to upcoming guest star Grace Phipps, whose character, April, takes her bow on The Vampire Diaries in tonight’s episode. Spoiler alert: Phipps is really charming.
Phipps brings a great new energy to the cast, while April shifts the dynamic of the show a bit. Now, Elena isn’t concerned about saving herself all the time — she’s got a new, innocent person in town who means a lot to her, and keeping April safe begins to take priority. As we’ll see in tonight’s episode, “Memorial,” keeping April safe is much easier said than done thanks to a new hunter in town.
Need some more things to keep you occupied this afternoon? Okay! Head over to Zap2it to read what Candice Accola and Joseph Morgan have to say about what’s coming up for their characters and whether Caroline will ever change her mind about Klaus. (Warning: The article is a little spoilery, though what we’re quoting is not.)
“I think that everyone has a dark side,” Candice says. “And I’m not just quoting Kelly Clarkson’s song… but it’s true. Especially in young relationships, you do compromise yourself, and you do compromise your thoughts and your morals and your beliefs, and not just pertaining to young relationships, but I think that’s more common in young relationships. I don’t know if I necessarily see Klaus compromising too much… I think there’s definitely a possibility that we could see Caroline compromise herself for a relationship.”
Last but not least, go tell Give Me My Remote about your premiere-watching plans and enter to win a CW Thursday Night Swag Pack full of Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast goodies.
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