Actor James Marsters, who portrayed the character Spike in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, has expressed interest in returning as Spike again in the upcoming reboot. The return of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series has been in talks for a while, with it recently being confirmed, but it was always assumed it would be a full reboot. However, if more actors besides James Marsters want to return as well, it may be possible to see the entire cast return as their original characters.
Last month, it was announced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be receiving a reboot, with Monica Owusu-Breen being the reboot's showrunner. Owusu-Breen is best known for her previous work with Alias, Lost, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Midnight, Texas. Additionally, Joss Whedon is returning as Executive Producer. It's currently unclear if Whedon's credit is just an acknowledgement for his work with the original series, or if he will actually have a hand in developing the reboot. Unfortunately, it is more than likely just an acknowledgement.
Since the announcement that Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be returning to television, a number of the original Buffy fans have been outraged, worried that the reboot would ruin the original. However, James Marsters seems to be in favor of the reboot, absolutely loving the idea. Here are Marstens' thoughts on the return of Buffy.
"I think the world very much needs a new slayer right now. I think it is fabulous. I saw a tweet by [showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen], and she wants an entirely new slayer within the universe established by Buffy. So she's not going to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer - she's going to be Sabrina or whatever it is. I think that's a great way to go and I'm very excited about it... I am open to whatever Joss [Whedon] has in mind - whether that's playing Spike or something else. I told him that a long time ago. Joss's mind is always surprising, so yeah. I'm open to playing Spike if Joss is involved. What would be great is if he comes back and he's like, 'Buffy, you look terrible - how you've aged. I still love you, of course, but..."
Unfortunately, based on Marsters' comments and what we do know about the reboot, it's unlikely that we will see James Marsters return as Spike in the new series. While it's possible that Marsters can appear as a different character in the reboot, even with just a brief cameo, it's more than likely that we have seen the last of James Marsters as Spike.
It is very possible that James Marsters does know more about the reboot than us, so the fact that he loves the idea is certainly good news. Perhaps the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will indeed be a welcome return. Marsters' interview with IndieWire is certainly positive news for the upcoming series, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the original cast reacts to the reboot as more time passes.