Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars are reuniting for new series
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Many members of the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are set to reunite for a brand new series set in the same world, telling the tale of a new vampire slayer.
It’s been a while since there was anything new to report from the ‘Buffyverse’, but this news will excite anyone who is a fan of immersive storytelling - as well as vampire slaying.
Whilst Sarah Michelle Gellar – who obviously played the title character in the TV series – isn’t set to return, that doesn’t mean that there’s not a whole heap of old favourites set to come back for this new series.
It’s called Slayers: A Buffyverse Story and it will be coming out on audiobook and podcast platform Audible on October 12.
The idea is that it follows Spike – played once again by James Marsters – as he takes up the task of looking after another young slayer.
The whole thing is set 10 years after the conclusion of the original series, and sees Spike taking himself into the Los Angeles underground in the hope of battling the Big Bads.
To do that, he has to pretend that he’s still a bloodthirsty vampire, however that ruse is quickly put into jeopardy by a 16-year-old called Indira Nunnally – played by Laya DeLeon Hayes – meaning that Spike is soon back to babysitting teenage vampire killers once again.
The show was written by another pair of former cast members in Amber Benson and Christopher Golden, and takes place in a parallel universe – within the wider Buffyverse, we’re led to believe – in which Buffy Summers, the first titular slayer, never even existed.
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In this sideways world, the veteran slayer is called Cordelia – played by Charisma Carpenter – and she’s locked in battle with Drusilla – played by Juliet Landau - a crazed vampire who also happens to be one of Spike’s exes.
Speaking about his return to the role he played all those years ago, Marsters said: "I’m ecstatic to be back with my dear friends for this next chapter in the Buffyverse, as we take listeners on a familiar but unexpected journey chock full of horror, passion and mischief.”
Rachel Ghiazza, Chief Content Officer at Audible, added: "Slayers: A Buffyverse Story offers a fresh, dynamic take on a cult-classic that takes listeners on a fun and nostalgic ride.
"The all-star cast reprising beloved roles, as well as newcomers, bring to life a storyline that will entertain fans of the original series and pull in first-time Sunnydale visitors.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – based on a 1992 film – was created by Joss Whedon and ran for six years between March 1997 and May 2003, spanning two TV channels in the process.
Starring Gellar in the title role, it followed the titular Buffy – a school student from Sunnydale – as she battled vampires as the latest in a long line of ‘Slayers’ who are chosen by fate for their task.
Whilst desiring a normal life, Buffy eventually developed a team of friends – known as the ‘Scooby Gang’ – to help her fight the forces of evil.
The show was critically acclaimed and has become a cult 90s hit since.
As we’ve mentioned, the new show will be available to Audible subscribers from October 12.