Recasting Buffy The Vampire Slayer

by | Oct 8, 2018

Recasting Buffy The Vampire Slayer

by | Oct 8, 2018

The rumours have been around for years but recent developments have confirmed this is definately happening! It’s being written by Monica Owusu-Breen and produced by Joss Whedon.

Note: This tweet seems to suggest that this “reboot” will be more of a sequel set around 20 years in the future.

So, just for fun – here’s our picks for the main and some supporting members of The Scooby Gang.

Buffy Summers

Our Pick – Vanessa Hudgens

Where You’ve Seen Her – High School Musical, Spring Breakers

OK, a controversial pick to start with – I know. But, this could be an inspired bit of casting. Vanessa Hudgens has proved she’s got an edgy side from when she was cast in the Spring Breakers Film (side note – Spring Breakers is bat-shit crazy but really cool).

She’s also proved her ability to be a bad ass in Sucker Punch. And we know she can sing – which will come in handy for the inevitable remake of the musical episode.

Xander Harris

Our Pick – Robert Sheehan

Where You’ve Seen Him – Misfits, Mortal Instruments

This one might be a little more for the English fans, Robert Sheehan has a bit of a cult following from his time in Misfits and has also appeared in a film with Ron Weasley (Cherrybomb – another crazy but awesome film).

He’s got proven comedic and acting chops from his time on both of the previous shows/films and, let’s be honest – he’s a handsome man. Ticks all of the Xander boxes, right?

Also, in a slight change to the established relationships on the original show – I’m making Xander and Willow siblings. Something that should make sense with my next choice.

Willow Rosenberg

Our Pick – Bonnie Wright

Where You’ve Seen Her – Harry Potter

Bonnie Wright hasn’t done a lot of acting since Harry Potter and was largely known for being an innocent but feisty character that was in love with the main protagonist of the movie.

Now tell me that there isn’t a more perfect option for recasting Willow Rosenberg – also, she’s ginger.

Don’t forget, I’m making Willow and Xander siblings so they can both speak with their British accents in my reboot.

Rupert Giles

Our Pick – Jerome Flynn

Where You’ve Seen Him – Soldier Soldier, Game Of Thrones

After a brilliantly sweary and gruff turn as Bron in Game Of Thrones I’m casting Jerome Flynn so he can bring a little more grizzled veteran performance to Giles.

Let’s not forget, whilst Giles tends to stay out of the action when he does get involved he can be a total bad ass. To be effective you need an actor that can provide help, support, emotional guidance and a healthy dose of demon killing on the side.

Cordelia Chase

Our Pick – Bella Thorne

Where You’ve Seen Her – The DUFF, The Babysitter

Bella Thorne, otherwise know as the bad girl in almost everything she’s in. She’s the perfect Cordelia. Beautiful (and she knows it), Popular and a prime candidate for a sweet redemption arc by the end of series 2.

If I had my way I’d probably have her join the Scoobys under duress (as in the original), repeatedly spurn the advances of Xander all the way through series 1 before revealing her true feelings towards Willow mid-way through series 2.

We all know this character development happened for Willow much later on in the original so just to mix things up a little I’m bringing it forward a little. Crucially, there’s no Oz in my reboot.

Spike

Our Pick – Dove Cameron

Where You’ve Seen Her – Liv and Maddie, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D

My only choice for a gender swap is Spike. In my reboot I’m keeping Spike as an underlying threat throughout the whole story and taking away the romantic storyline that was so wildly hated entirely.

The Supergirl TV series has proven that audiences can finally take a female villain seriously and Dove Cameron has proven her villainous tendencies in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I imagine the new writer (and maybe even Joss Whedon) previously worked with Dove Cameron on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D so it’s reasonable to expect they would bring in a few familiar faces.

Angel

Our Pick – Will Poulter

Where You’ve Seen Him – Son Of Rambow, We’re The Millers

Another controversial choice but one I’m convinced will be a good change for a rebooted Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

I would have this version of Angel be attempting to atone for his previous actions a lot sooner than they did in the original series and possibly have him posing as a High School student with all the others.

If anything I’d pull a classic bait-and-switch where the Scooby Gang work with Spike for the whole first series as they (and the audience) think Angel is the big bad, until Spike reveals her true identity and intentions.

Some further notes…

  • Willow and Xander are related but their parents are split up. They’re both living with their Mother and one of them has decided to keep their Father’s name.
  • It’s very strongly implied that Giles and Xander/Willows Mother are together but never explicitly shown or confirmed.
  • Dawn would be Buffy’s younger sister from the start this time around and they’ll have a terrible relationship. They’ll start to have a better relationship when, about midway through series 2, she goes to Giles – who in turn tells her all about what her sister does as The Slayer. This’ll provide a nice bit of tension between Buffy and Giles.

Honourable Mentions

No explanations required, just some fun ideas for some characters on the fringe of the Scooby Gang…

  • Faith Lehane (Anna Kendrick)
  • Wesley Wyndham-Pryce (Tom Hiddleston)
  • Drusilla (Ashley Tisdale)
  • Riley Finn (Robbie Amel)
  • Dawn Summers (Camren Bicondova)
  • Joyce Summers (Dascha Polanco)

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