Steven R. McQueen to reprise role as Jeremy Gilbert in 'Vampire Diaries' spinoff 'Legacies'
After playing a significant role in 'The Vampire Diaries,' Steve R. McQueen will reprise his character of Jeremy Gilbert in spinoff 'Legacies'
Steven R. McQueen is set to reprise his role from CW's 'The Vampire Diaries' in its spinoff 'Legacies,' which will premiere on October 25 at 9/8c on the network. McQueen features on the supernatural drama as Elena Gilbert's (Nina Dobrev) younger brother Jeremy, who is later revealed to be her biological cousin and a member of The Five, a vampire hunter. He features heavily in the first six seasons, getting killed in season 4 after Katherine (also Dobrev) throws him onto Silas (Paul Wesley) only to come back in the finale after love interest Bonnie (Kat Graham) resurrects him.
According to TVLine, McQueen will first make his appearance in the third episode of the new spinoff, though it is unclear how big a role he will play in the series' progression. After several pseudo exits, Jeremy leaves Mystic Falls forever in the middle of season 6, only returning to say goodbye to Elena. He was last seen helping out at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, which will coincidentally also be the focus of 'Legacies.'
An official description for the spinoff suggests that the show will follow the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin), Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), who is descended from some of the most powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines.
Set two years after the events of 'The Originals,' she and the Saltzman twins, Lizzie (Kaylee Bryant) and Josie (Jenny Boyd), now attend the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted which provides a haven where beings such as vampires, werewolves, and witches can learn to control their supernatural abilities and impulses. Hope will learn to hone her powers under the watchful eyes of Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) and Caroline Forbes (Candice King).
'Legacies' will mark the next chapter in 'The Vampire Diaries' franchise, with 'The Originals' already covering the Mikaelson family. The series centered around three of the Mikaelson siblings: Klaus, Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt), with the family earning its name as the Originals as they were the first vampires to ever exist. The series finale will air tonight on the CW at 9/8c, with series creator Julie Plec claiming that fans "can expect a lot of emotional surprises and a lot of tears" from the episode. However, she did add that "there's happiness amongst the pain."
It was revealed at last month's San Diego International Comic-Con that Paul Wesley — who besides his role in 'The Vampire Diaries,' is also known for portraying Aaron Corbett in the miniseries 'Fallen' — would be directing one of the episodes for 'Legacies,' and that Zach Roerig, who played Matt Donovan in the TVD, will also appear in the series.