It looks like Kevin Alejandro has found his next steady gig. The actor had a solid run on The CW's Arrow and is now moving over to basic cable with a role as a series regular on Carlton Cuse's The Returned. Also joining the cast are Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's Sophie Lowe, and Revolution's Mat Vairo.
We learned back in April that A&E was moving forward with a U.S. adaptation of the French drama Les Revenants. The Returned's first season will consist of ten episodes, and comes from Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker. It will center on a small town that's turned upside down when people begin returning from the dead. The Tomorrow People's Mark Pellegrino recently joined the cast, and today Deadline notes that three more have signed on.
Kevin Alejandro will play the town's sheriff Tommy Moran. Those who knew Alejandro from his recent stint on Arrow, in which he played the corruptible mayoral candidate Sebastian Blood, may already be picturing another power-hungry role here, but from what Deadline says, Alejandro's character is "authoritative but accessible." So hopefully that's a good thing. In addition to Arrow, Alejandro's small screen credits include Ugly Betty, Weeds, Southland, True Blood and Golden Boy.
Also joining the cast is Sophie Lowe, who may be best recognized Stateside for playing Alice in ABC's short-lived Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In The Returned, she'll play the part of Lena, one of the two daughters of Mark Pellegrino's character Jack. From what we learned from Pellegrino's casting, his two teen daughters were killed in a bus accident, and these girls -- now twenty years old -- are among those people who mysteriously return. So it seems Lena is one of the returners, assuming there've been no major plot changes between Pellegrino's casting and now.
Finally, there's Mat Vairo, who may be best recognized for playing the role of Connor on NBC's Revolution. In The Returned, he'll play one of the returned character Simon, "a musician who comes back 10 years after his death." No further details were mentioned about this character, but it'll be interesting to see how all of these roles fit together when the series debuts.
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