Exclusive: 'Smallville' baddie joins Syfy's 'Being Human' remake

sam-witwerImage Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.comUPDATED: Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that ex-Smallville‘s evildoer Sam Witwer (a.k.a. Doomsday) is the odds-on favorite has officially signed on to play vampire Aidan in Syfy’s in-the-works U.S. remake of the U.K. supernatural dramedy Being Human.

Additionally, Meaghan Rath (The Assistants) has inked a deal to play ghost Molly, and Sam Huntington (Cavemen) is up for the role of werewolf Josh. Beautiful People‘s Ricky Mabe and Smallville‘s Aaron Ashmore had also tested for the werewolf part, but I’m told they’re no longer in the running.

Being Human revolves around three twentysomething roommates — named Mitchell, George, and Annie in the British version — who attempt to blend in despite, you know, being a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost.

It’s Three’s Company meets True Blood, and it’s a big bloody hit across the pond!

Thoughts?

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  • Kim

    It’s extremely rare when a British hit show that is remade in America is any good (Coupling, anyone?). I wish they’d just leave it alone.

    • Sharon

      The US version of “Queer As Folk” a billion times better than the british one.
      Also, the US version of “The Office” is much better, I wouldn’t judge a US version of Being Human, at least not so fast :)

  • JohnM

    sigh…still think this is a bad idea.

  • Mikaylah

    I love the UK version, so I am excited to see what they do with it here. I hope a season is more than 6 episodes!

    • tvfan

      I thought the UK version had potential, but I did not like the writing.

  • Jimmy

    AWESOME!! Two incredible Smallville actors in the same movie?

    Looking forward!

  • TheDudemeister

    It would be hilarious to see Sam and Aaron reunite on a new show. I say, go for it.

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Unfortunately, I think the article says that Ashmore tried out, but was “no longer in the running.” I could be wrong though.

  • TheDudemeister

    It would be hilarious to see Sam and Aaron reunite on a new show. I say, go for it.

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Unfortunately, I think the article says that Ashmore tried out, but was “no longer in the running.” I could be wrong though.

  • Alia

    The UK version is pretty enjoyable, so I’m willing to give an American version a shot… especially if Sam Witwer’s involved.

  • Alia

    The UK version is pretty enjoyable, so I’m willing to give an American version a shot… especially if Sam Witwer’s involved.

    • lehlsis

      Me too! I loved Sam in Smallville, and I truly enjoyed season 1 of BH. Can’t wait to see what they do with it.

  • Pocket

    Rubbish! Aidan Turner (who plays Mitchell) is deliciously good looking, and he can do the very intense and dangerously calm thing which makes a great vampire. This guy? No effing way. Rubbish as Doomsday, no hope for the US version of Being Human if he’s one of the leads. And there was little enough hope anyway.

    • Kelly

      Turner actually wasn’t the original Mitchell. Guy Flanigan was. So if the recast worked once (Flanigan was unavailable when Being Human was finally picked up), I don’t see why it can’t work again. (Admittedly, I didn’t think it worked at all with Turner. Obviously you feel different.)

  • Pocket

    Rubbish! Aidan Turner (who plays Mitchell) is deliciously good looking, and he can do the very intense and dangerously calm thing which makes a great vampire. This guy? No effing way. Rubbish as Doomsday, no hope for the US version of Being Human if he’s one of the leads. And there was little enough hope anyway.

  • Gaby

    wow Ashmore and Witwer posibly reunited again?

  • Gaby

    wow Ashmore and Witwer posibly reunited again?

  • TisMe

    It might stand a better chance of working than the remake of Skins MTV are going to do.

    • esquirrel

      WTF! Skins by MTV? It will never work.

  • TisMe

    It might stand a better chance of working than the remake of Skins MTV are going to do.

  • tvgirl48

    I still hate this idea. I can’t imagine anyone playing the roles better than the original Mitchell and George. Especially Mitchell, he’s brooding but without being annoying, he’s dark and mysterious without being pretentious, and he’s smoking hot and Irish. I hate that they can make the same exact show but with American actors and that’s okay. It just feels like more of a rip-off than a remake when the original is still airing! This is going to be another case of Life on Mars, IMHO – remake a great show with American accents, fixing what isn’t broken, etc.

    • Wilson

      Are you serious? Witwer is the man! He was great on Smallville, BSG and the Mist! This guy is soooo watchable. Read the first 5 scripts and they are even better than the British version. I can’t wait!!!!

      • BKWURM1

        Wilson, boy do you have it right. Witwer is incredible to watch. Something about the way he moves is almost hypnotic and he’s not just a pretty boy, but a great actor. Somehow he made changing a lightbulb a big moment. He was the highlight of Smallville in season 8 (except for a truely suck – tackular ending to his story which doesn’t lessen his performance)

    • AT

      They’re not fixing what isn’t broken, they’re sharing a different interpretation. They don’t have to be exclusive from each other. Why not watch both?

      • Rebekah

        Well said, AT. I don’t understand why people always create this either/or dilemma. It’s okay to watch both versions of the show.

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