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Buffy star Amber Benson gives details on sequel Vampire Slayer series

September 2nd, 2020 by Marc Comments

So, you may recall in July 2018 that we heard that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series was in the works and, yay!, it wasn’t just another lazy reboot but rather was set in the same universe as the original series (here).

Now, aside from this being a tricky proposition given that, at the end of the original series, Buffy and the gang activated all the world’s Slayers. It will also be a tricky one given that we know how that all works out as Joss Whedon himself already created a sequel series in the comic book series Fray: The Vampire Slayer.

We know that creator Joss Whedon is executive producing the new series and it will be showrun by Alias screenwriter Monica Owusu-Breen.

Now one of the stars of the original series, Amber Benson, who played Tara, has chipped in on what she knows of the show.

“I was so excited because Joss [Whedon] was involved, a woman of colour was going to be running the show, and Buffy was going to be a woman of colour. I thought that was really important,” she said.

She went on to speak about the diversity of the original series and who she believed it was left lacking: “So, Buffy – it had some diversity. But I feel like it could have had more. And that was just the time. That sort of onus wasn’t on the creative world to show the world in a diverse way. I would very much like to see Buffy in a diverse world. I think it would be a really amazing thing.”

But since we know that it is the same universe, it’s not going to be Buffy – it will be another Slayer, but Buffy is and always will be Sarah Michelle Gellar. We also know that if it is set in the same world then some familiar faces will possibly return.

Benson herself is keen, it seems: “I would pop in for a little cameo. Heck yeah!”

That will be interesting given she died and was unable to return in the original series. Still, it’s Buffy – anything can happen, right?

Anyway, I understand that diversity is important but It’s worth pointing out that Buffy The Vampire Slayer has had at least two prominent Slayers played by black actresses in the past – Kendra and Nikki Wood – so fans will be well used to the idea.

Now, let’s focus on doing a good series. Buffy deserves it.

What say you all? Let me know, gang…

Source: Digital Spy

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….