The CW has cast Elena, the lead female role in their upcoming series The Vampire Diaries. Who’s the lucky gal? Canadian Nina Dobrev, best known as Mia on Degrassi: The Next Generation, as announced by The Hollywood Reporter. This is the second time in as many years that a Canadian from Degrassi: TNG has been cast as lead in a CW series.
Even though I have the books here waiting to be read, I’ve yet to delve into them, but it seems fans aren’t too happy with casting a cute brunette as Elena, known for her striking blonde hair, blue eyed beauty. Others are saying WTF to the casting of a brother, which I mentioned in a previous post. Apparently Elena doesn’t have a brother in the books, only a much younger sister.
My guess? This series, much like True Blood, won’t be an exact retelling of the books. I know there was a lot of discontent with casting Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, but we see how well that turned out. True Blood became the most successful series on HBO since Sex and the City and The Sopranos, and Paquin even took home the Golden Globe. I have read many of the Southern Vampire novels, and they act as somewhat of a foundation for the series, but there are huge differences. It still works, though. Hopefully Kevin Williamson and his team are able to do the same with The Vampire Diaries. Vampire Diaries Purists will probably hate it, but who knows?
Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries books? Will this casting choice prevent you from tuning in when the series makes its debut? Even after I complete the books, I’m planning to keep an open mind. And I am always happy to see young Canadian talent do well within the country and beyond its borders.