When word broke out that a Vampire Diaries spin-off centered around Joseph Morgan’s villainous character, Klaus, was being developed by The CW, fangs fans worldwide cheered in unison. After all, wherever Klaus goes major supernatural drama follows. Moreover, the press release for The Originals revealed that Phoebe Tonkin plans on reprising her role as weregirl Hayley, the show is set in New Orleans, and that the first episode will premiere as a backdoor pilot on TVD on April 25, 2013. Other that, there were no additional details…until today thanks to Vampire Diaries showrunner, Julie Plec, and Entertainment Weekly!
Find out what Julie teased about the highly anticipated series below and whether or not Daniel Gillies (Elijah) and Claire Holt (Rebekah) are going to join the cast!
On What Inspired the Idea: “It’s actually something that we’ve been talking about for two years, that we contemplated trying to get off its feet last year, but there was just too much work to do in too little time. So that gave us an opportunity this year to spend a lot more time putting it together — seeing if, obviously, our actors had any interest whatsoever continuing the life of these characters [Laughs] and if there was a story to tell. It all came together in a way that we finally felt would not detract from our most important baby right now, The Vampire Diaries, and would give us a chance to expand the universe with characters that we’ve had another year to get to know.”
On Heading Back To Bourbon Street: “When I talked about it to the network and the studio, I said, “In its own way, the French Quarter, with its less than 3,000 inhabitants, is the ultimate small town.” So it’s still a small-town story, it’s just a town that we all know pretty well. We all have our own party fantasy that we’ve either lived or wanted to live in New Orleans.”
On How Hayley’s Character Will Be Incorporated into the Show: “That is all part of the big mystery. I will say no one should assume anything about the way this is gonna play out, because with luck, it will be a nice surprise for everybody.”
On Daniel Gillies Joining The Cast: “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.”
On Claire Holt’s Involvement: “Right now, she’s really mad at him, and their relationship has several more mountains to climb in the next, even, five episodes, much less a future series. I think she’s another character that would be a tremendous asset to both shows. So it really all comes down to Rebekah’s future, and Claire’s future with Rebekah, and all that stuff that remains undetermined.”
Read the full interview over at EW!
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