The Charmed reboot currently in the works at The CW has been a polarizing project for fans of the original show, but now that the pilot has officially cast its new Charmed Ones, fans finally have a tangible idea of what the new series could be.
Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffery have been cast as the new versions of the Halliwell sisters from the original -- though it's unclear if they'll actually be commandeering the Halliwell family name.
Mantock has been cast as Macy, the eldest sister, who is described as a "practical, driven, and brilliant geneticist." She's also the one whose world is most rocked by the revelation that she and her sisters are witches. It's undeniable that Macy is the Prue (Shannen Doherty) of the group, and she'll no doubt have her job cut out for her as she tries to corral her younger sisters. Mantock played Veil on Into the Badlands and Astrid on The Tomorrow People.
Diaz will play Mel, the middle sister who also happens to be an outspoken activist and lesbian. To say this is a departure from Charmed's original middle sister, Piper (Holly Marie Combs), is a pretty big understatement. If anything, this character sounds more like Rose McGowen's Paige, who entered the show when Doherty exited. Diaz previously appeared in Elementary andRoom 104.
The youngest sister, Madison, will be played by Sarah Jeffery and is described as a "bubbly college freshman" who's not at all happy to have witch matters screwing up her dream of being a sorority girl. Madison appears to have the same fun-loving personality Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) was best known for in Charmed's early years. She does, however, appear to be younger than anticipated, being a freshman in college and thus still a teenager. Jeffery's previous roles include Cristina Santos on Shades of Blue and Brianna onThe X-Files.
Now that we've officially got our new Charmed Ones, it's time to move on to supporting characters. Charmed had a large, rotating cast of side characters through its eight seasons, but so far the reboot only has a couple of them cast.
Charlie Gillespie has been tapped to play Brian, Madison's high school boyfriend who is still kind of carrying a torch for her, says Deadline. Ellen Tamaki will portray Nico, a detective whose romantic relationship with one of the sisters (we're going to connect the obvious dots and say it's Mel) complicates her investigation.
What's interesting about these two roles is that they seem to both be taking elements from the original character of Andy Trudeau (Ted King). Andy was an Inspector whose high school romance with Prue made him turn a blind eye to the trouble she and her sisters always got themselves tangled up in. Unfortunately, Andy died in the Season 1 finale, so let's hope Brian and Nico fare better in the reboot.