Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley Cast in The CW's Vampire Diaries Pilot

Meet Your New Vampire Heartthrobs

Move over, Pattinson. There are some new vampire boys on the block, and their names are Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. The two actors have been cast as leads in the CW's Vampire Diaries pilot, alongside Degrassi: The Next Generation's Nina Dobrev.


Somerhalder (at left) will play Damon, "a smug vampire who can go from playful to evil in a split second." Meanwhile, Wesley (at right) has been cast as Stefan, a "gloriously, amazingly, epically beautiful young man." Both are actually 200+-year-old vampires (apparently Damon's technically older, but once you're measuring in centuries, does it really matter?), and both are objects of affection for Dobrev's Elena.

Judging by looks alone, I think they could have switched the casting of the brothers — though Somerhalder does seem like he could pull off "smug" without much trouble. Besides, there's much more to playing a young vampire than just looking hot, right? (Right?) What do you make of the news? Have you been a fan of either actor before?

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