Hot on the heels of the previous announcement of five new cast members to the reboot of Roswell, it has been revealed that Vampire Diaries alum Michael Trevino will also be joining the cast. The TV show is a reboot of the cult classic original of the same name that was based on a ten book series by Melinda Metz called Roswell High. The original show, starring then relative unknowns Shiri Appleby, Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks, Adam Rodriguez, Emilie de Ravin, Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr and Jason Behr, ran on the WB and then later UPN for three years, beginning in 1999.
While the original show only ran for three years, it earned itself a dedicated fan base during its short run - something those behind the scenes are no doubt looking to duplicate with this reboot. It looks like they're heading in the right direction, with Julie Plec tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot episode. Plec, a writer, producer and now director, co-created The Vampire Diaries, which saw an end to its 8 season run last year.
Former The Vampire Diaries star Michael Trevino is also set to join the reboot, Deadline reports. Trevino joins True Blood alum Nathan Parsons, Braindead's Lily Cowles, New Girl's Michael Vlamis, Pretty Little Liars star Tyler Blackburn, and Grey's Anatomy alum Jeanine Mason in the show, which will focus on a group of aliens who are trying to keep their true identity a secret and live normal lives in Roswell, New Mexico. The actor, who played Tyler Lockwood for all 8 seasons of Vampire Diaries, will star as Kyle Valenti, the son of the town sheriff - who, as Deadline states, "questions his carefree outlook on life after learning the terrifying truth of his family’s legacy."
Bringing Plec on to direct and executive produce this project might be just what this reboot needs to ensure success. Her experience with The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals proves she knows what it takes to make a show involving supernatural elements a hit. Plec also got to flex her directing muscles recently, directing an episode of Riverdale. While the original was part supernatural alien story, part high school romance, this new reimagining is taking the focus off the high school element. The current storyline will focus on a woman who is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who reluctantly returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico. There, she runs into her former crush; now a police officer, but actually an alien who has kept his powers hidden all this time.
This is the second big casting news announced by The CW regarding planned reboots in as many days. Just recently, the casting of the final Pruitt sister in the reboot of Charmed was announced, and now we seem to have a close-to-ocompleted cast for Roswell. If both of these reboots are hits, it may signal other networks to begin looking at other past series that were fan-favorites which left the air all too soon.
We'll bring you more information on the Roswell reboot as the story develops.