This time, it is really true, says executive producer of The Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec. In episode 14, the show is losing cast member Steven R. McQueen, who has appeared regularly on the show as Jeremy Gilbert, the younger brother of Elena. The actor has played the character since the series debuted in 2009.
McQueen’s character has left Mystic Falls before and has even suffered an untimely death or two, but Plec insists that this time, Jeremy will not return as a regular on the show. “He’s growing up and moving on.” Plec revealed that McQueen’s final scene has been filmed, and that it was not “a death scene.”
As The Vampire Diaries begins to prepare for its end, Plec says that the show’s creators are starting to make decisions as to what each character decides to do with their lives. Plec says that during the next several years, characters will begin making life choices and some of them will leave Mystic Falls – and the show – behind. Tweets made by Plec last month indicated that Jeremy Gilbert may be going off to art school.
Although Jeremy is leaving, it is known that Bonnie will be returning to the show, leaving viewers to wonder what will happen to them. Although Plec insists that McQueen’s character has moved on, the possibility remains that he may make occasional appearances for “weddings, funerals and series finales.”
McQueen was born in Los Angeles, California in 1988 and was named after his paternal grandfather, actor Steve McQueen. The 26-year-old actor currently makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia. His first acting job came in 2005 when he appeared in an episode of Threshold, a science fiction series on CBS which was soon canceled. He has made appearances on other TV shows, including Numb3rs, Without a Trace and CSI: Miami. McQueen played Kyle Hunter for seven episodes on the last season of Everwood on The WB. His first film role came in January 2008 when he played bad guy Derek Beauguard in Minutemen, a Disney Channel Original Movie.
The Vampire Diaries debuted on The CW in February 2009. The series is based on the book series of the same name. McQueen was cast as Jeremy Gilbert and appeared in the series premiere. Since then, the critically-acclaimed show has garnered the network’s highest ratings to date and is considered to be McQueen’s breakout role. He went on to star in the remake of the 1978 film Piranha 3D, a comedic horror film which earned over $80 million worldwide.
Some outlets are speculating that the actor is leaving the show in order to fulfill his desire to play Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, who appears in DC Comics. He has reportedly said on several occasions that he would like to play the superhero. Adding fuel to the fire is the news that the TNT network is developing a Titans series to feature Nightwing. Plec herself told The Hollywood Reporter that McQueen will “always be welcome” to return to the series here and there, and then added that if he “gets his wish to play a superhero,” he may not be available.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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