Have you been chomping at the bit (no pun intended) for The Vampire Diaries to return from its already WAY TOO LONG hiatus? Well, here’s some Season 2 scoopage to tide you over. Apparently, bloodsucking vampires and witches on a rampage won’t be the only “supernatural problems” Mystic Falls will have to deal with next year. Now, the not-so-sleepy Virginia town will also have to contend with . . . WEREWOLVES.
If you recall, during the show’s spectacular Season 1 finale episode, “Founders’ Day,” both Tyler Lockwood (played by Michael Trevino) . . .
. . . and his father, the Mayor, exhibited some “wolfy” tendencies, when faced with a “witchy” invention, whose intended purpose was to immobilize supernatural creatures. Unfortunately, Mayor Lockwood didn’t survive the episode.
But, apparently, this means that his younger, hotter, brother must come to town and step into his shoes, or, perhaps more accurately, his doggie booties . . .
According to Michael Ausiello, over at Entertainment Weekly, the folks down at The Vampire Diaries have recently put out the following casting call:
Mason Lockwood: Described as Tyler’s “cool” uncle, Mason is sexy and athletic and possesses an easygoing charm. Though he has more control than his nephew, he can “flip in an instant” if crossed. Seeking Latin or Caucasian actors in their 30s for this recurring role.
Riiiiight, because that’s EXACTLY what The Vampire Diaries needs . . . MORE HOT MEN THAT LOOK GOOD WITH THEIR SHIRTS OFF (or open) . . .
Blatant male objectification aside, I thought it might be fun for me to try my hand at casting Mason Lockwood. Here are my top five picks, in no particular order . . .
Age: 37 (but he turns 38 on July 11th)
Where you’ ve seen him before: He played Lex Luthor on Smallville.
Why he’d make a good Mason: Let’s face it, no one does “sexy villian on a teen drama” like Michael Rosenbaum (except, maybe, Ian Somerhalder, ;)). Not only is Michael already a familiar face on the CW network, he’s definitely got the acting chops to pull off a “two-natured” (in more ways than one) role like this one. It also might be nice to seem him in a role where he has HAIR, for a change . . .
Age: 33 (just turned on July 8th – Happy belated, Milo! What’s with me picking all these July babies for this role?)
Where you’ve seen him before: He played Peter Petrelli on Heroes and Jesse Mariano on Gilmore Girls.
Why he’d make a good Mason: Like Michael Rosenbaum, Milo is no stranger to the CW network (See Gilmore Girls reference above). Nor would he be out of his element on a show featuring supernatural elements (See Heroes reference above). Milo has already proven himself capable of playing a charming and likeable, yet volatile, persona. He also bears a striking resemblance to Michael Trevino, who would play his nephew on the show. And did you SEE that body? Need I say more?
Where you’ve seen him before: He played Ben Covington on Felicity, and Michael Corvin in all those Underworld movies.
Why he’d make a good Mason: I can’t think of better preparation for playing a werewolf on a show featuring vampires and werewolves, than starring in a movie series as a vampire / werewolf hybrid. Can you? Unlike Michael and Milo, Scott never starred on the CW, but he DID star on its predecessor channel, the WB, during his Felicity years. Through Scott’s previous roles, he has definitely shown that he has enough innate masculinity and barely suppressed rage to fit in with the Lockwood clan. And that uniquely raspy voice of his? Pure sex . . .
4) Paul Walker
Where you’ve seen him before: Those Fast and Furious movies
Why he’d make a good Mason: I’m not gonna lie. I chose Paul almost exclusively for his beauty . . . and his body . . . and because Kerr Smith and Benjamin McKenzie are both already tied up with other television shows. What can I say? I’m only human!
Where you’ve seen him before: He played that hot lawnmower dude, John, who got it on with Eva Langoria on Desperate Housewives. He also played the title role in John Tucker Must Die. (Too bad this character isn’t named “John.” Because Jesse would have had the role in the bag.)
Why he’d make a good Mason: Like Milo, I think Jesse kind of looks like Michael Trevino, which would weigh in his favor, for a part like this. Plus, if these werewolves are anything like the werewolves in the Twilight series, they are going to have to be shirtless A LOT. Clearly, this will be NO problem for Jesse. On a more serious (and slightly selfish) note, Jesse Metcalfe is a very talented actor, and I’d really like to see him on my small screen again.
(Note: When I was researching this post, I learned that Jesse Metcalfe is actually set to star in a new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC pilot this fall, entitled Chase. But everyone knows that most pilots don’t actually get picked up by the networks. So as far as I am concerned, he’s still in the running 😉 . . .)
So, those are my picks. Who would YOU cast as Mason Lockwood?
[ Season 2 of the Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday, September 9th at 8 p.m. on the CW Network. ]
P.S. Apparently, less than 24-hours after I wrote this blog post, the producers over at The Vampire Diaries released their ACTUAL casting choice for Mason Lockwood. (Special thanks to Amy, over at the always entertaining and fabulously fangirly imaginarymen blog, and first commenter Ellen O., for the late-breaking scoop!) And the winner is . . . THIS GUY . . .
Taylor Kinney, who was best known for his role as EMT Glenn Morris on the NBC drama Trauma. (Hey, that rhymes!) And, just in case you were curious, here’s what he looks like without his shirt on . . .
Welcome to Fangirl Land, Mr. Kinney! Prepare to be shamelessly objectified!