CW's 'Legacies' trailer debuts at Comic-Con and promises a history-infused new supernatural universe
CW's Legacies made its mark at the Comic-Con with its trailer debut while creators also teased the finale of 'The Originals', bringing to end another chapter of the Vampire Diaries
As 'The Originals' is coming to an end, CW is paving the way for another 'Vampire Diaries' spin-off - 'Legacies'. The series will follow the lives of the younger generation of supernatural beings. Speaking at the recent Comic-Con panel, Danielle Rose Russell, who is playing the central character of the show Hope Mikaelson revealed: "There’s a lot of history that’s infused, But it’s a complete show on its own." The trailer that was screened over the weekend at the event showed striking similarities between the upcoming show and the original vampire series that inspired the two spinoffs. The plot follows Hope post the events of 'The Originals' finale. It starts two years later, as she adjusts to life at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
Russell points out that her character will have a chance at a normal life in 'Legacies' unlike her crazy story arc in 'The Originals'. "On the last season of 'The Originals', Hope screamed and cried a lot. It’s been really nice to see Hope have a little bit of normalcy. It’s been nice to infuse my own teenage experience in this role. In those two years, a lot has happened…she’s changed a lot, she’s matured a lot. She’s battling all these different things inside of her, [including being] one of her kind."
Showrunner Julie Plec said that the series will be a much age-appropriate show in terms of love interests. "We made the decision to not have the 100-year-old dude chasing a 17-year-old girl. The vampires of our school will be the appropriate age," she said. She also hinted at the fate of Klaus and Hope's relationship in 'The Originals'. "Hope is Klaus’ legacy, hence the name of the show. Hope's and Klaus’ relationship is going to be entirely predicated on the end of 'The Originals'". Does this mean Klaus will be gone for good since the show is already tying up loose ends? We will have to wait and watch.
Zach Roerig, who played the character of Matt Donovan in 'The Vampire Diaries' is also set to come back on 'Legacies' along with Paul Wesley, who is directing an episode. Caroline (Candice King) will also be referenced here and there. Plec said, “and if we have my way, we will see her face a lot." Along with these characters, the Salvatore mansion from TVD will also make a comeback, said Plec. "It’s cool to step on the stage of the Salvatore house. You feel Ian [Somerhalder]’s smirk and Paul’s hair in the bones of the set."
The show also stars Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman, Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman and Aria Shahghasemi as Landon. The exact number of episodes have not been announced yet. The series premieres October 25 on The CW. Legacies is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with My So-Called Company, with executive producers Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Brett Matthews (“The Vampire Diaries”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Originals”).