Daniel Gillies to Join Vampire Diaries Spin-Off ‘The Originals’

Vampire_Diaries_ElijahNot too long ago it was announced that The CW is developing a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries that is currently tentatively titled The Originals.  Joseph Morgan, who plays Klaus on Vampire Diaries, and Phoebe Tonkin, who joined the show this season as the werewolf Hayley, were both recruited to star in the episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot on April 25. In the episode, Klaus returns to New Orleans (a town he helped build centuries ago) and is reunited with someone from his past: a former protégé named Marcel.

Now Deadline is reporting that Daniel Gillies, who has played Klaus’ brother Elijah on The Vampire Diaries for several seasons, is also willing to make the jump to the new series if it gets picked up.  But Gillies will be pulling double duty because the actor also stars on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope and intends to remain in that role even if The Originals goes to series.

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