Rupert Evans (The Man in the High Castle) looks to be taking on a very important role in the CW’s Charmed reboot pilot from Jane the Virgin creator/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman. His character Harry is described as “a professor, handsome, grandiose, a raconteur with an infuriating charm and a mysterious interest in the three sisters.” Which is an incredibly wordy way of saying that he’s their “Whitelighter”: a guardian angel who protects and guides good witches and helps nurture future Whitelighters.
If Charmed receives a series order, it’s unclear how exactly that would impact Evans’ continued involvement in future seasons of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. Urman will executive produce alongside Ben Silverman; as well as writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, and pilot director Brad Silberling.
Evans will be joining a cast that includes Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue) as Madison, college freshman and youngest of three magical sisters; Melonie Diaz (The Breaks) as older sister Mel; and Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), whose Galvin is the boyfriend of their third (and still not cast) sister Macy.
Here’s the CW’s pilot description:
“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.