According to James Marsters' official Facebook page, the once blood thirsty actor (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) has been tapped to play Steve McGarrett’s reoccurring arch-nemesis in CBS’ Hawaii Five-O pilot and is currently on his way to Oahu to begin filming.
Exclusive Scoop: Aloha fans! James is winging his way to Hawaii to join the cast of CBS's HAWAII FIVE-O Pilot. He will be guesting as the nemesis of lead character Jack McGarrett.
Despite fans of the original series remembering Red Chinese intelligence officer Wo Fat as McGarrett’s arch-nemesis in the pilot, finale and series as a whole, the role of Fat has been re-imagined for the TV remake and is now an international arms dealer and human trafficker by the name of Victor Hesse.
The trend of re-imagining roles is not a new one with the remake of Hawaii Five-O. While Alex O'Loughlin and Lost's Daniel Dae Kim have been cast as the familiar Steve McGarrett and Chin Ho Kelly, the role of Kono Kalakaua, originally male, has been changed to a female for the current incarnation and will be played by former Battlestar Galactica actress, Grace Park.
Since leaving the world of Joss Whedon in 2004, Marsters has been a guest star in Torchwood, Smallville, Numb3rs, Lie to Me, and most recently Caprica (please don’t bring up Dragonball: Evolution) and has always provided memorable appearances on each show.
Considering that many people reference Hawaii Five-O as one of the best police shows ever made - and that Fringe writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci are the ones behind the remake - I should be extremely excited to see it. Yet, I’m not. For some reason I’m not even remotely interested in this series.
Although, I have to admit, James Marsters as the nemesis has me intrigued enough to tune in…
What do you think of James Marsters as a nemesis? Are you excited for the new series or, like me, do you need more convincing?
Catch the series premiere of Hawaii Five-O this fall on CBS.