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Image Credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage.comIt’s the casting fans of The Vampire Diaries have been waiting months for: British actor Joseph Morgan has officially been confirmed as Klaus, the oldest and baddest of the Original vampires. He’ll make his debut on The CW’s top-rated series April 21, which isn’t as far off as it may seem. After next Thursday, the next new episode doesn’t air until April 7. Though Daniel Gillies, who’s kept us entertained as Klaus’ scheming nemesis Elijah, was hoping for someone like Deadwood‘s Ian McShane, Morgan’s casting is in line with what exec producers have teased all along. Exec producer Kevin Williamson told EW last month the role would go to someone younger. “It has to be someone that we truly believe was in a relationship with Katherine, because that’s where it started. He seduced her and whisked her away,” he said.

And exec producer Julie Plec, who revealed back in December that a couple hundred actors had already read for the role, told us they liked the idea of choosing a relative unknown. “That’s what excites me: This idea that there might be somebody out there that no one’s really familiar with yet that can be a new fresh face that we can exploit…in all the good ways,” she said. “The big important elements of this character are charisma and gravitas. You’ve got to be able to be afraid of this guy, whether you’re afraid of him because he looks scary or because he’s so charming that the fact that he can snap your neck with his pinky would take you by surprise.”

Morgan’s credits include British TV series such as Hex and Doc Martin, the films Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Alexander, and the starring role in the 2010 miniseries Ben Hur. Judging from this photo of him from a 2008 Masterpiece production of Mansfield Park in which he played William Price, he could definitely handle an Old World vibe. But after seeing this photo from I don’t know when or what, I’m sort of hoping he plays reclusive Klaus — who we now know has been forcing generations of witches to try to help him find a way to break the curse of the sun and moon without a human Petrova doppelgänger to no avail — with the entitled, pissy, detached-yet-secretly jealous, delicious vibe of James Spader in Pretty in Pink. That snarky playboy attitude would separate him from economical Elijah. We’ve seen that Elijah had little tolerance for Damon’s cocky attitude and antics. Maybe he simply couldn’t stand Klaus.

How would you like to see him play Klaus?

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