Gather your coven because the highly anticipated reboot of the CW’s Charmed has rounded out its cast for the pilot episode. Sarah Jeffrey and Madeline Mantock will join the already announced Nuyorican actress Melonie Diaz as the three sisters who discover they’re witches.
The series, a remake of the popular 1998 drama, will follow the three “fierce” women as they fight demons and “demolish the patriarchy.” It’s already been revealed that Diaz will play Mel, the “passionate, outspoken activist” who is also a lesbian. Jeffrey plays younger sister Madison who struggles to balance her newfound witchiness with rushing a college sorority. And Mantock will play Macy, a geneticist who is the responsible one in the trio. Macy will also have a boyfriend, played by Ser’Darius Blaine. Charlie Gillespie and Ellen Tamaki are also joining the cast. Gillespie’s character is Brian, Madison’s ex-boyfriend. Tamaki will play a police officer named Nico whose romantic entanglements with “one of the sisters” (assuming Mel) will add more fuel to the fire.
Jeffrey is just coming off playing Jennifer Lopez’s daughter on the TV series Shades of Blue and Mantock was most recently seen in Into the Badlands.
From the looks of things the series is definitely taking a new route with its casting. The original show had a severe lack of people of color, so the cast will definitely be diverse. Jennie Snyder Urman hasn’t steered audiences wrong yet if her work running Jane the Virgin is any indication. It’s still unclear if the show will retain the Halliwell last name as a loving homage to Prue, Piper and Paige, the original series’ witches. Fingers crossed this pilot gets a greenlight for a full series order.