First ‘witch sister’ cast in ‘Charmed’ reboot

Melanie Diaz has been cast as the first ‘witch sister’ in the upcoming Charmed reboot.

The revival was announced last month by US network The CW, with the channel billing it as a “feminist reboot”.

Diaz will play Mel, a witch who struggles to control her time-manipulating powers after being involved in a ‘tragic accident’. Her girlfriend is yet to be cast. She’s joined by Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle star Ser’Darius Blain, who’ll play sister Macy’s boyfriend.

Macy and the third sister, Madison, are yet to be cast.

Shannon Doherty has criticised the reboot of the ’90s hit TV show, calling it “offensive”.

Doherty, who played Prue Halliwell in the programme, tweeted after the initial announcement: “Charmed was a wonderful empowering show for women.” Later, when responding to fans, she said: “[The CW’s] wording is terrible and a bit offensive.

“But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in the future.”

When one follower asked her, “And to say that the remake is feminist then what was your version?” she replied: “Yes I addressed this… very ignorant stupid comment. Perhaps made by a millennial that never watched the show and just read a synopsis on it.”

The official synopsis for the reboot reads: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centres on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

The original incarnation of Charmed ran from 1998 to 2006. So far, only a pilot of the new series has been ordered, and there is no air date as yet