Buffy Cast Set to Reunite for New Spike-Centric Tale Set 20 Years After Finale

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The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is joining forces once again for a new story centered around James Marsters’ beloved villain-turned-sorta-Scooby, Spike, TVLine has learned.

Slayers: A Buffyverse Story will be set 20 years after the series finale with Marsters reprising his role alongside Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia). Anthony Head (Giles), Juliet Landau (Drusilla). Emma Caulfield (Anya), Amber Benson (Tara), James Charles Leary (Clem) and Danny Strong (Jonathan), as well as newcomer Laya DeLeon Hayes. The audio-only story releases Oct. 12 on Audible.

Buffy Cast Set to Reunite for New Spike-Centric Tale Set 20 Years After Finale
Though audiobooks and podcasts are not impacted by the writer and actor strikes, Slayers: A Buffyverse Story was written/produced before either work stoppage took effect.

Slayers follows Spike who has gone deep undercover in Los Angeles. “Convincing the forces of darkness that he’s back to his evil ways,” reads the official description. “But when his cover is compromised by 16-year-old Indira Nunnally (Hayes), Spike finds himself on baby-slayer-sitting duty once more. While he attempts to track down a watcher for his eager new protégé, their paths collide with the veteran Slayer of a parallel reality where Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) never existed and Cordelia Chase is the one-and-only Slayer. And Cordelia needs Spike’s help with a classic big bad terrorizing her world… his old flame, Drusilla.”

“I’m ecstatic to be back with my dear friends for this next chapter in the Buffyverse, as we take listeners on a familiar but unexpected journey chock-full of horror, passion and mischief. Said Marsters in a statement. “I’m excited for old and new fans to experience this beloved world of vampire slaying like never before, brought to life through immersive audio storytelling.” 

Slayers: A Buffyverse Story was written by Benson and Christopher Golden, and directed by Benson, Golden and Kc Wayland. (Benson and Golden have also written Buffyverse comics such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow & Tara — Wannablessedbe and Wilderness; Benson herself contributed the story “The Innocent” to the graphic novel Tales of the Slayers.)

Hear James Marsters return as ‘evil’ Spike in Slayers: A Buffyverse Story podcast excerpt

EW has your exclusive sneak peek at Audible’s Slayers: A Buffyverse Story, an audio original set 10 years after the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series finale and featuring the return of original stars James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Head, Juliet Landau, Emma Caulfield Ford, Amber Benson, James Charles Leary, and Danny Strong, as well as newcomer Laya DeLeon Hayes. In this exclusive excerpt from the premiere episode (listen above), Spike narrates and introduces the new story by revealing he’s back to his evil ways.

“Evil, evil Spike. Bad Spike — down boy,” Spike says. “Got a reputation for a while as a good doggy, coming whenever the Slayer called, but those days are over. Took a lot of hard work to repair my image, but I’m back, baby: William the bloody Bloody. And the forces of darkness, well, they need old Spike, don’t they?”

Spike goes on to describe how all the potential Slayers of the world getting awakened at once 10 years ago means “things are grim for the bad guys these days,” but the resistance against the Slayers is going strong.

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Source: TV Line

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