Casting News Roundup
All sorts of casting tidbits to report today. Info behind the cut for the spoiler-averse…
First up: Serial Scoop reports that Lucas Adams has been cast as a character named Tripp. There was a casting call out for this role a loooooong time ago, and as suspected then, he’s the son of Steve and Ava, for whom they searched last year, only to find that he’d allegedly died. I know lots of people will see the name “Ava” and immediately reach for the cyanide, but I’m not opposed to this in theory. Bringing on that child — and presumably putting him into conflict with Joey, who killed his mother! — feels like the sort of conflict Steve and Kayla should have at this stage, rather than any more third parties. He first airs in the beginning of 2017.
While we’re on the subject of the Johnson clan, we already knew that Paige Searcy (Jade) opted not to sign a contract and will stop appearing in January. There was also a recent report of someone named Gabrielle Haugh having joined the cast…
Now Serial Scoop is confirming that Haugh is the new Jade. I actually think Paige Searcy has been pretty good, and she brings a sort of batshit hilarity to what’s been a pretty thankless role, so the bar for Haugh (whom I’m guessing is on contract) is surprisingly high. My initial reaction is that she doesn’t look a damn thing like the current Jade, which normally wouldn’t be a huge deal, except the current Jade looks like she could be the product of a black father (Real Andrews’s Hal, whom we’ve seen onscreen numerous times) and a white mother. This young lady… does not. So we’ll see how they maneuver that. “Sloppily” would be my guess, but hey, anything can happen. Haugh’s first airdate as Jade will be January 17.
Now here’s one I think we all saw coming, but not in a bad way:
According to We Love Soaps, Lamon Archey (formerly of The Young and the Restless) has been cast as Valerie Grant’s son, Eli, who’ll also be in Salem in early 2017. What really makes this interesting is that, per a report at Serial Scoop — and later confirmed by a video that Susan Seaforth Hayes posted and quickly deleted — Eli has a Horton connection and seems to be Valerie’s son by David Banning, Julie’s son, who hasn’t been seen in Salem since 1982. I’m all for digging into history this way and giving Julie a more direct tie to the younger generation. It’ll be strange to play out this story without David, unless they establish that he died offscreen or have already quietly cast an actor in the role. But I’m a fan of strengthening the Horton presence and calling back to a landmark story from Days‘ earlier years, so this has potential.
Finally, Serial Scoop has a blind item about an upcoming departure:
This veteran performer, who joined the cast of Days of our Lives in the last two years, has left the long-running soap.
This has to be a veteran soap actor, not a veteran of the show itself, which I’d say narrows the list down to A. Martinez (Eduardo) and Vincent Irizarry (Deimos). I guess it could also be Jordi Vilasuso (Dario), who started on Guiding Light at the tail end of the 90s, but the first two seem much more likely to be called “veterans.” Anyway, Martinez went off-contract this past fall, so while I wouldn’t be shocked to see Eduardo fully gone at some point, my money’s on Irizarry — especially considering the uneven writing for Deimos, which has to box him into a corner at some point, and the return of Eric and his unfinished story with Nicole. I’m on Deimos overload these days, and I don’t think the character makes a lick of sense, so I’ll be thrilled if this is the case. Irizarry could’ve been a huge asset to Days as a charismatic villain, but this schizophrenic writing (and having everyone else trip over themselves to justify his actions) has really tanked the potential there.