The CW’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a modern-day retelling of the classic fairytale, is getting new characters in its sophomore season who could shake things up.
According to TVLine, the show creators are currently casting the guest-starring role of Zach, an overconfident former soldier who uses a reunion with an old friend to seek vengeance, perhaps against Muirfeld (Lucas Bryant). The new role of Beth is also being cast. Beth is a high school friend of Catherine’s (Kristin Kreuk) who is now a producer at a news station. Beth may use her investigative skills to find out about the beast, which could definitely cause some drama.
Ryan Dechart of “Jane By Design” is also joining the show as Aaron Keller, a relative of Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) who is a shrewd arson investigator who is known for his impetuousness. Aaron comes from a firefighting family, and wants to continue his family’s proud legacy. Dechart will debut in episode four of the new season.
This season will also answer many of the questions from season one. Executive Producer Jennifer Levin told TV Guide at Comic-Con that Catherine will find out who her real father is, and it will inspire her to want to find him.
Viewers will also discover more about Vincent’s past. “Our theme for the year, if we have one, is: Who am I? That would apply for all of our characters,” Levin said.
“A lot of his backstory is going to come through and a lot of that mythology of who Vincent is is going to come out. It’s a lot to chew on for me,” actor Jay Ryan said. “I’m excited for Vincent to have a community outside of the warehouse and just waiting for Catherine and JT to save him.”
“We’re going to see a more super-charged Vincent,” Levin said. “This year we are going to see him be beastier.”
“You’re going to see a more precise beast in season two. His skills are more honed,” Ryan added. “There’s a lot of changes coming up for season two in terms of Vincent’s character.”
“Beauty and the Beast” returns to The CW on October 7.