Nathan Parsons and four other actors have been cast in the reboot of Roswell. It’s starting to look a lot like the late 1990s on The CW. Reboots of two shows that first aired at the end of the last millenium are in the casting process, with pilot episodes hopefully not too far in the future. One of those series is Charmed and the other reboot is Roswell.
Based on a series of novels called Roswell High, the original show was about a group of teens growing up in the titular New Mexico town. When one of them learns that three of her classmates are actually aliens who had survived the infamous UFO/weather balloon from 1947, she and several of her friends began protecting their extraterrestrial peers. Steamy romances and various dangers followed the young aliens and humans through their everyday lives. The new series ages the characters up to adults, but keeps many of the character names and relationships the same. Aside from protecting the alien characters from those who would hurt or profit off them, the series will also deal with issues such as immigration, PTSD, and a desire by one of the aliens to return home.
So far, there has been only one casting announcement for Roswell. Jeanine Mason is playing Liz, the human woman who first learns about the aliens, though it looks like the main cast is now rounding out nicely. According to Deadline, five roles have been cast, the three aliens Max, Isobel, and Michael as well as two other humans who get pulled into the drama, Maria and Alex. In the original series, these roles were played by Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fehr, Majandra Delfino, and Colin Hanks, respectively.
Playing Max is Nathan Parsons, who took over the role of James on the final season of True Blood and who has some history on The CW playing Jackson Kenner on The Originals. Isobel is being played by relative newcomer Lily Cowles, probably best known for a four episode run on the CBS series BrainDead. Michael Vlamis is playing Michael; he was seen on an episode of New Girl and was in the miniseries VlamCarter. Heather Hemmens, another CW vet, has been cast as Maria. She was one of the stars of Hellcats and was on a few episodes of The Vampire Diaries. Finally, playing Alex is Pretty Little Liars star Tyler Blackburn.
Things seem to be shaping up nicely for this upcoming reboot with this cast. And considering the current political climate, a series about literal aliens living in the United States should fit well into a modern setting. There is no word when the series will premiere, but hopefully after such a big casting announcement the pilot can begin filming soon.
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