Casting coups on V and other sci-fi pilots

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Nov 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EST

Bulgarian-born Canadian Nina Dobrev has landed the lead in the CW's drama pilot Vampire Diaries, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vampire centers on Elena (Dobrev), a tragic heroine who is the object of passion for two vampire brothers.

In other major pilot castings news, Morena Baccarin will play a lead in the ABC drama V, while Eliza Coupe has been tapped for a lead in ABC's comedy No Heroics.

V is a re-imagining of the 1980s miniseries about an invasion of aliens known as Visitors and the resistance against them. Baccarin will play Anna, the leader of the Visitors who is remarkably knowledgeable about human culture and media manipulation.

ABC Studios' Heroics revolves around four B-list superheroes living among us. Coupe will play one of them, a bad girl who can turn invisible.