Casting: The Originals spin-off signs Alaric and Hope; Goosebumps 2 loads up on comedy

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Mar 6, 2018

The Originals spin-off is one step closer to becoming a reality.

According to Variety, stars Matt Davis (pictured above) and Danielle Rose Russell (pictured below) from The Vampire Diaries spin-off have signed on to appear in a new Hope-focused Originals spin-off. Yes, that's a lot of spinning off, and yes, we're excited about it.

While a series hasn't been ordered yet, in August of last year The CW president Mark Pedowitz spoke of launching a spin-off with The Originals creator Julie Plec. And the network recently announced they are expanding into Sunday night original programming, which will leave more room on the schedule for new shows.

Davis and Russell are attached to reprise their roles of Alaric Saltzman and Hope Mikaelson. Alaric's character originally began on The Vampire Diaries before moving over to The Originals, which tells of the very first family of vampires.

Danielle Rose Russell in Wonder (Credit: Lionsgate)

Russell is new to The Originals, joining the upcoming fifth and final season as a slightly older Hope, the "miracle" baby of vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus and werewolf Hayley. She displays remarkable talent as a witch (skills she gained from her grandmother). The spin-off would likely focus on a school for kids with supernatural powers. Alaric created such a school at the end of The Vampire Diaries, and his twin daughters are students.


On the big screen, three actors, best known for their broad comedy, are joining the ensemble cast for Goosebumps 2: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell. They'll join previously announced cast members Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Details on the second Goosebumps movie have not been revealed so far, but it is expected to focus on characters and settings from the popular children's book series by R.L. Stine.

McLendon-Covey stars in The Goldbergs on ABC, and appeared in Bridesmaids. Jeong appeared in all three The Hangover movies and was a regular on NBC's Community. Parnell made a splash as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and has since gone on to voiceover roles on shows including Archer and Rick and Morty. He has also appeared in the Anchorman franchise and Freeform's Grown-ish.