Several original cast members of the iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer are making a return in the upcoming Audible original story, Slayers: A Buffyverse Story. Set to premiere on October 12th, this new narrative will center around James Marsters’ Spike, according to Gizmodo. The audio drama, set in the same world as the original series, will offer a fresh and thrilling experience for longtime fans.
James Marsters is back as Spike in a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer audio drama called Slayers: A Buffyverse Story.
Slayers: A Buffyverse Story is co-written and co-directed by original Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member Amber “Tara” Benson. Not only is she involved behind the scenes, but Benson will also lend her voice to the audio drama, joining the ranks of returning cast members such as Juliet Landau, Emma Caulfield, James Charles Leary, and Danny Strong. Furthermore, the project introduces some new characters, including Laya Deleon Hayes, who plays a teen slayer.
It’s worth noting that Sarah Michelle Gellar, the lead star of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is not part of Slayers: A Buffyverse Story. A portion of this audio drama unfolds in a parallel reality where Gellar’s character, Buffy Summers, never existed. While devoted fans may feel her absence, it provides a distinct and intriguing twist on the Buffyverse narrative by exploring a world without the central figure of the original series.
Slayers: A Buffyverse Story places James Marsters’ Spike in the spotlight as he immerses himself in deep undercover work in Los Angeles, successfully deceiving the forces of darkness into thinking he has returned to his malevolent ways. However, Spike’s carefully crafted cover is jeopardized when he encounters sixteen-year-old Indira Nunnally (Laya Deleon Kayes). This unexpected twist forces Spike back into the role of babysitting a fledgling slayer.
Returning from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia and Juliet Landau as Drusilla.
While Spike attempts to find a watcher for his enthusiastic new protégé, their journey intersects with the returning Buffy the Vampire Slayer character, Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), the veteran slayer from an alternate reality. In this realm, Cordelia is the sole Slayer. She seeks Spike’s assistance to combat a formidable foe plaguing her world – his former love interest, Drusilla (Juliet Landau), who has resurfaced as a classic big bad.
In an Audible press release, James Marsters, 61, enthusiastically expressed his excitement about reuniting with his former Buffy the Vampire Slayer castmates for the next installment in the Buffyverse. He eagerly anticipates taking listeners on a thrilling, immersive journey filled with “horror, passion, and mischief.” Moreover, he promised the audio drama would deliver to both veteran fans and newcomers a familiar yet unexpected experience.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has said that she is done with that part of her life and will never again return as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was adapted from the movie of the same name starring Kristy Swanson, originally aired for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003, garnering a dedicated fanbase during its run. Its immense popularity not only resulted in a successful spin-off series called Angel, which follows the adventures of the vampire with a soul (David Boreanaz) but also sparked plans for an animated series that, unfortunately, never came to fruition. The show’s enduring legacy continues to captivate audiences with its unique supernatural drama and witty storytelling blend.