'24' Actor David Anders Joins the Cast of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The spectacle of guest stars on The Vampire Diaries just keeps getting better. When the series returns with new episodes beginning March 25, The O.C.'s Melinda Clarke and General Hospital actor Stephen Martines will be spicing things up in Mystic Falls. But that's not all, according to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, who reveals that 24 actor David Anders will also be joining the Vampire Diaries cast for a multi-episode arc.

Anders, whose character Josef Bazhaev permanently departed 24 last night, will play Jonathan Gilbert, Elena and Jeremy's uncle who comes to Mystic Falls to stir up trouble.  

Avid fans of The Vampire Diaries may be a little bit confused with the casting of David Anders as Jonathan Gilbert since actor Joe Knezevich already played Elena and Jeremy's direct-line ancestor earlier this month. To clarify, Knezevich's Jonathan Gilbert appeared during a flashback episode while Anders' will play present-day Jonathan, who is expected to make his Vampire Diaries debut in April.

Anders, who is known for playing Julian Sark on Alias and Adam Monroe on Heroes, has also been cast in the action movie The Riot, which hits theaters in 2011.

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