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SDCC: Julie Plec hints at The Vampire Diaries alums returning on Legacies

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Jul 21, 2018, 8:22 PM EDT

At San Diego Comic-Con, The CW released the first trailer for Legacies, the third series in The Vampire Diaries trilogy. One of the longest-running franchises on The CW, it started with The Vampire Diaries in 2009, then spun-off into The Originals in 2013. The Originals ends its five season run in two weeks, but series creator Julie Plec isn't done with the universe she created with Kevin Williamson (based off the book series by L.J. Smith).

TV Guide live-tweeted the SDCC panel, which included series creator Julie Plec, Danielle Rose Russell (who plays Hope Mikaelson), and Matt Davis (who plays Alaric Saltzman). Plec promises that Legacies will be her "love letter to Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Peyton Alex Smith was just cast to play "a hot werewolf with anger management issues." Zach Roerig will reprise his role of Matt Donovan from TVD, now the sheriff of Mystic Falls, in the first episode. Another TVD alum, Paul Wesley, who played Stefan Salvatore, will join Legacies, but only to direct an episode. And in what was apparently an accidental spoiler, Davis revealed that there is a big rivalry between the kids at Mystic Falls High School and the Salvatore School.

Legacies will follow Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the teenage daughter of a werewolf and a vampire (from a bloodline of powerful witches) as a student at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The Salvatore School was started by Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) as a place for his witch daughters to go to school. Hope was already enrolled in the Salvatore School at the start of The Originals this season, but she took a leave of absence to deal with some... family drama. The Saltzman twins will be a big part of the series, according to Plec, who says there is "a lot of Caroline Forbes in them."

Legacies just started shooting last week, so virtually all the footage in the trailer came from the final season of The Originals. 

Legacies premieres October 25th on The CW. The Originals series finale will air August 1st on The CW.

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