Melonie Diaz (The Breaks) has been tapped for the CW’s recently confirmed Charmed reboot pilot from Jane the Virgin creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman. As one of three magical sisters, Diaz’s Mel is described as a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy; joining Ser’Darius Blain‘s (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) Galvin, boyfriend of Mel’s sister Macy. Urman will executive produce alongside Ben Silverman; as well as writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, and pilot director Brad Silberling.
Diaz’s filmography includes the thriller The Belko Experiment; and the upcoming Nash Edgerton-directed Amazon feature Gringo, opposite David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Joel Edgerton. On the television side, she’s appeared in VH1’s The Breaks and HBO series Room 104.
Here’s how the CW describes the pilot:
“This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
Since the show ended its run in 2006, there have been two attempts to resurrect Charmed as a series. Prior to the 2013-2014 development season, the CW commissioned a reboot from a different writing-producing team but the effort never went beyond the script stage. As recently as last year, the CW ordered a different Charmed pilot from the current creative team; with this one set in the mid-’70s and highlighting three new witches. With Urman’s work on Jane the Virgin keeping her busy, the CW chose to roll over the pilot to this season and set the project in modern times.
Created by Constance M. Burge, the original Charmed aired on the WB from 1998-2006. The highly-rated and popular series about a trio of sisters/good witches starred Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano. Rose McGowan joined the cast with Season 3, replacing the departing Doherty.
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