Klaus Confirmed for This Season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES; Hundreds Have Screentested for the Role
Published: January 1, 2011 - 1:50pm
During a recent interview, series executive producer Julie Plec revealed that several hundred actors have been tested for the charismatic role fans are eager to see.
According to The Vampire Diaries mythology, Klaus is the oldest vampire in existence who wishes to sacrifice Elena in order to break the curse that keeps most vampires from walking in the sun. Fans have been anxiously waiting Klaus' appearance in the series, but the producers are still trying to find the right actor to fill the role:
“We’ve been getting great tapes out of England and Australia. That’s what excites me: This idea that there might be somebody out there that no one’s really familiar with yet that can be a new fresh face that we can exploit…in all the good ways. I think our show works so well because we don’t really stunt cast. That being said, if there’s some big hot TV star that’s available that we love, then… As I always joke, I have my Joshua Jackson fantasy — Pacey in Mystic Falls."
Though Plec confirmed Klaus will appear towards the end of this season, she quickly dismissed the two most prevalent names fans have linked to the role; Alexander Skarsgard, which she also said is not very original considering his role in HBO's Tru Blood, and Gale Harold, who is "a little older than what we’re envisioning."
"The big important elements of this character are charisma and gravitas. You’ve got to be able to be afraid of this guy, whether you’re afraid of him because he looks scary or because he’s so charming that the fact that he can snap your neck with his pinky would take you by surprise. So whether he’s an Old Word-flavored guy or new hip, contemporary, speedy kinda guy, that remains to be seen. We’ll see what actor we connect to the most."