VD_Rebekah-mediumClaire Holt has signed up for the potential The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.

As widely expected the actress will appear in the ‘back-door’ pilot for The Originals which will air as part of Vampire Diaries‘ fourth season in April. The Originals focuses on the original family of vampires and more particularly Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and will be set in New Orleans. Fan favour Daniel Gillies has already signed up to continue in his role of Elijah in the spin-off.

It was widely expected that Holt would also appear as Rebekah but now that has been officially confirmed. Alongside the three Vampire Diaries actors the spin-off will also star Phoebe Tonkin continuing in her role of werewolf Phoebe. The Origianls will also star Charles Michael Davis, Daniella Pineda, Danielle Campbell and Leah Pipes. The hour-long ‘back-door’ pilot will be written by Julie Plec.

Earlier this week The CW officially picked up The Vampire Diaries for a fifth season but it will wait until The Originals has aired in April before deciding its fate.

In the UK The Vampire Diaries returns next Tuesday, to ITV2, for all new episodes starting with After School. Watch a trailer here >>

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