The Charmed reboot is working hard to differentiate itself from its predecessor. It made headlines earlier this year thanks to its announcement that one of the new set of sorcerous sisters will be queer. But showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman has doubled down on diversity today, with the announcement that Ser’Darius Blain has been cast as the co-lead in the reboot pilot.
Ser’Darius has been acting since 2009, but his first major role was as Jackson in Camp X-Ray, which he followed up with a role in When the Game Stands Tall as Cam Colvin. But his big break may have come this year, when he co-starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, a role shared with Kevin Hart.
The reboot of Charmed is being produced by Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, and written by Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, both veterans of Jane as well. It’s received praise for confirming a queer sister as a lead character, but has also gotten backlash from fans of the old show, including Piper Halliwell’s longtime actress Holly Marie Colms. While there is a chance the new show is good, it only exists as a pilot order so far, and time will tell if reboot fever is strong enough for Charmed to cast its spell on the CW all over again.