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Nina Dobrev joins Kellan Lutz in 'Deathgames'

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Image Credit: Andrew Eccles/The CWThe Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev is used to playing the love of a tortured man, which makes The Hollywood Reporter‘s scoop that she’s been cast as Kellan Lutz’s wife in the film Deathgames understandable. This is the movie costarring Samuel L. Jackson as the evil mastermind that forces a kidnapped Lutz to fight in a modern gladiator arena to entertain the online masses. The cast also includes Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim as an artist/master of kendo (samurai-style sword fighting), as well as newly added James Remar (as “Tall Man”) and Derek Mears (as “Brutus Jackson”).

The nice thing about The Vampire Diaries is that even though that show’s really all about watching Ian Somerhalder’s eyebrows and torso, Dobrev holds her own. She can be the supportive girlfriend to Stefan (Paul Wesley), but still be the center of attention (especially when she’s playing vampire Katherine). I worry that the “wife role” in this film won’t do her justice, but you know, if someone offered me a part in a movie in which Samuel L. Jackson is the big bad, there’s a character named “Brutus Jackson,” and I could potentially love on an underwear model, I would probably take it, too. There are worse ways to spend a summer hiatus.