The CW has announced a whole load of cast members for its Roswell reboot pilot. This project, which has The Originals alum Carina Aldy MacKenzie as its writer and The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec as director, is a reimagining of The WB series Roswell, which ran from 1999 to 2002. Both series cite Melinda Metz’s Roswell High book collection as their inspiration.
The main difference between the 1999 Roswell series and the 2018 Roswell TV series reboot is that the central character has been given a new backstory: in this updated version, the protagonist is named Liz Ortecho, and she is a daughter of undocumented immigrants. Jeanine Mason, who is best known for her work on Bunheads and Grey’s Anatomy, has been attached to that role for a while. And now, a lot of fresh names have been added to the Roswell reboot cast list.
Nathan Parsons of True Blood (pictured) will play Max, a Roswell police officer with a secret alien past. Lily Cowles of Braindead will portray Isobel, who’s also keeping her origin a secret. Michael Vlamis of New Girl will play Michael, another Roswell resident with alien heritage. Heather Hemmens of If Loving You Is Wrong will play Maria, a free-spirited friend of Liz who has no idea about her chum’s secret. Tyler Blackburn of Pretty Little Liars will play Alex Manes, an army sergeant who’s just returned from the Middle East. And finally, Michael Trevino of The Vampire Diaries is playing Kyle, the son of a police chief who will learn about his true heritage.
As it stands, the Roswell remake is at the pilot episode stage. There’s no guarantee that a full series will get made, but we’ll let you know as we hear more.