Meg Donnelly who starred in Disney’s Zombies, and Drake Rodger from Murder RX, are set as series regulars in CW’s The Winchesters drama pilot, the Supernatural prequel. The project hails from the Supernatural trio of Robbi Thompson, Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Studios. Glen Winter from Supergirl will direct and executive produce the pilot. Donnelly and Rodger join the previously announced cast members Nida Khurshi and Jojo Fleites.
Written and executive produced by Thompson, The Winchesters is a prequel to the long-running series Supernatural, centered on Dean and Sam Winchester’s parents – John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, voiced by Jensen Ackles, The Winchesters is the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love but the entire world.
Donnelly will play Mary Campbell. At 19 years old, Mary Campbell has been fighting the forces of darkness since she was a child. After losing someone close to her, the hardened hunter considers quitting the family business – until her father’s disappearance and the arrival of newcomer John Winchester forces her to lead a new team.
Rodger will portray John Winchester. Recently returned from Vietnam, the selfless and clear-headed John Winchester finds a new mission back home, where traces of his father’s past lead him to a secret organization and a whole new war as a hunter.
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Jensen and Danneel Ackles (wife and husband) executive produce via their banner Chaos Machine Productions as part of their overall deal with WBTV. Chaos Machine produces in association with Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios.
Donnelly is best known for her starring role as Taylor Otto on all five seasons of ABC’s comedy series American Housewife. She’ll next be seen in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and in the third installment of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies, in which she stars and serves as a producer. She is repped by ICM Partners, Silver Lining Entertainment, and attorney Chad Christopher.
Rodger stars opposite Marc Blucas and Brian McNamara in the upcoming feature film Quiet in My Town and was last seen in Paramount’s The In Between. Rodger is repped by Clear Talent Group, 22Talent, and Impact Artists Group.
Will this Supernatural prequel live up to the hype? We will find out soon enough!