The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer audio drama series will recast some original show roles, according to the project’s co-writer and director.
The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer audio drama series will recast some of the original show’s roles. Although it’s continued in the form of comics, Buffy has not been resurrected on-screen since the finale aired in 2003. There have been attempts, such as a rebooted Buffy movie that was announced in the early 2010s and quietly scrapped. More recently, in 2018, a reboot was announced to much fanfare but has since been paused indefinitely. Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, an audio drama debuting on Audible on October 12, will pick up the story ten years after the events of the last Buffy episode.
Christopher Golden, a writer and director on Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, answered some questions about the upcoming project on social media regarding the recasting characters that had not been announced.
When asked if certain characters would appear in the show, even if their original actors did not, Golden confirmed that would be the case by saying “Yes to the first part.” Asked specifically about whether Willow would appear since Alyson Hannigan is not listed among the announced cast list, Golden didn’t say.
Who’s In The Buffy Audio Drama (& What’s It About?)
Ten years after the Buffy finale, Spike (James Marsters) has gone deep undercover in Los Angeles. He’s managed to convince the forces of darkness that he’s back to his evil ways. But when his cover is compromised by sixteen-year-old Indira Nunnally (Laya DeLeon Hayes), Spike finds himself on “baby-slayer-sitting duty” once more.
Spike attempts to track down a Watcher for his eager new protégé and their paths collide with the veteran Slayer of a parallel reality where Buffy Summers never existed. It’s a reality where Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) is the “one-and-only” Slayer, and she needs Spike’s help with a classic big bad terrorizing her world. That big bad is Spike’s former flame, Drusilla (Juliet Landau).
Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Amber Benson (Tara), James Charles Leary (Clam), and Danny Strong (Jonathan) will also appear in the nine-episode revival, which Benson and Golden co-wrote and directed, along with Kc Wayland. Golden has since noted that the audio drama may include a few Buffy the Vampire Slayer cameos and lead to a continuation.