Casting Call: Recast(s)?
Two casting calls recently went out, and at least one of them seems like a pretty obvious recast. Details behind the cut…
The calls are for:
Joey, a “16-year-old, gorgeous Causcasian male” and Elijah a “16-year-old, gorgeous, African American male” who also happens to be a high functioning autistic
“Eli” is obviously Theo Carver — currently played by Terrell Ransom, Jr., pictured above — which makes sense because it was returning head writer Dena Higley who began the story of Theo’s autism. (Higley has spoken publicly about her own son’s autism and what it has meant for her family.) It does strike me as odd that they’d use a code name for that character, who’s way more identifiable from the description, and not one for “Joey” if he is, in fact, supposed to be Kayla’s son, Joey Johnson. Then again, the actor currently portraying Joey appears like once a year and hasn’t been a part of the show the way Ransom has.
I’m torn on the implications of this. On one hand, I’m much prefer characters we know and who are connected to Salem than a bunch of random newbies. JJ and Theresa have been more successful than Jordan, Ben, and Serena, and aging these kids would give Abe and Kayla more to do. But aging Theo without aging Ciara — which I do not want them to do, because Lauren Boles is great as crazy young Ciara — seems weird, since their childhood friendship was played up so much in years past. I suppose “Joey” could be Chase, and they’re going to do a teen scene with him, Theo, and Ciara. And don’t get me started on the insanity of aging Joey (who was born in 2008) ahead of Ciara (who was born in 2006), though I guess Joey’s existence isn’t tied to anything specific in the show’s history, so it might okay.
Regardless, they will both be “gorgeous,” so it’s all good. I was worried!