'Buffy' fans rejoice: according to the Hollywood Reporter, the 'Vampire Slayer' is headed back to the big screen in a reboot of -- and not a sequel to -- the original 1992 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'
Now that the wheels are in motion, the big question is: Who should take over the reins as the sassy, sultry, stake-wielding, bloodsucker-slaying heroine? See our picks for the best candidates.
the Hollywood Reporter, the 'Vampire Slayer' is headed back to the big screen in a reboot of -- and not a sequel to -- the original 1992 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'
Now that the wheels are in motion, the big question is: Who should take over the reins as the sassy, sultry, stake-wielding, bloodsucker-slaying heroine? See our picks for the best candidates. -- By Tom DiChiara
Sarah Michelle Gellar: She played Buffy in creator Joss Whedon's cult fave TV series from '97 to '03, but chances she'll get the nod are unlikely. Producers say they'll use one of the saga's underlying ideas -- that there's one vamp destroyer in every generation -- to introduce some fresh blood to the mix.
Kristy Swanson: She originated the role in the 1992 film, but with producers insisting that this will be a relaunch, there's pretty much no chance we'll see the 40-year-old kicking vampire but anytime soon.
Blake Lively: Her resume is light on the action to be sure, but the 'Gossip Girl' starlet has plenty of experience navigating the treacherous world of high school. We could see her destroying some Upper East Side vamps -- or simply ruining their reputations with a blast on the Gossip Girl Web site.
Hayden Panettiere: Should this new Buffy also be a high school cheerleader turned badass killer of the Nosferatu persuasion, 19-year-old Panettiere would be a shoo-in: She currently plays a fearless, invincible (former) high school cheerleader on NBC's 'Heroes.'
Kristen Bell: Like Panettiere, she's earned her action stripes as a super-powered heroine on 'Heroes.' And her turn in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' proved that she's got the comedic chops to nail Buffy's patented wry, sarcastic humor.
Kristen Stewart: From vampire lover in 'Twilight' to vampire hunter in 'Buffy'? It's not inconceivable. Stewart excels at playing mysterious teens, and she's got a legion of 'Twilight' fans that just might follow her to a new franchise. We'd say she's got a shot.
Summer Glau: When is she not badass? From her breakout role in 'Serenity' to her show-stealing turn as a deadly and dead sexy Terminatrix on Fox's 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,' this is one girl locked and loaded to terminate some bloodsuckers.