Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix casts Luke's daughter Vanessa Marano, Emily Kuroda
Two members from Gilmore Girls‘ original run are making their way back. Vanessa Marano, who played Luke’s daughter April Nardini on the beloved WB dramedy, has signed on for the Netflix revival, EW confirmed.
She appeared in the show’s final two seasons, debuting in the season 6 episode, “The Prodigal Daughter Returns.” How much Marano will appear in the four 90-minute Netflix episodes is unknown.
After the show’s original run ended in 2007, Marano picked up a starring role on Switched at Birth on Freeform. The 23-year-old also appeared on the soap The Young and The Restless for 59 episodes.
The other return? Emily Kuroda is reviving Mrs. Kim, the mother of Rory’s best friend, Lane (Keiko Agena), EW has confirmed. After appearing in 43 of the series’ 153 episodes, Kuroda picked up various parts in the movie Red, the soap The Bold and the Beautiful, and the Crackle court drama Sequestered.
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Earlier Thursday, fellow Gilmore Girls alum Jared Padalecki signed on to return, too. Also back are Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, Liza Weil, Keiko Agena, Matt Czuchry, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Production is underway, but a premiere date has yet to be announced.