Charmed Reboot Casts Melonie Diaz As Lesbian Sister Witch Mel

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The Charmed reboot is one sister witch closer to happening! Charmed is making a comeback, but as of right now, we know that the original cast that we know and love will not be returning with the show. Instead, we’ll have a whole new slew of witches and their love interests. (Sorry, there’s no Leo!)

Although we received news about one of the leading love interests being cast as Ser’Darius Blain, fans of the TV show (those who are excited for the reboot, at least) have been anxiously waiting for an announcement about casting the main trio. And finally – we’ve got something! The first witch announced is Melonie Diaz, who will be playing Mel Pruitt, the “strong-willed feminist” middle sister. And she’ll be repping the LGBTQ community, as well!

Mel’s character identifies as a lesbian and is described as “a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy.” Like the original Charmed middle sister, Piper Halliwell, Mel’s power is time-freezing. Maybe that means we can expect to see Piper in this rebooted series after all as a type of mentor. If the new crew can work things out with Holly Marie Combs, that is.

If you’re not familiar with Melonie Diaz, don’t worry, we have time to get to know her now! She was in Ryan Coogler‘s critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station in 2013. More recently, she played Damita in The Breaks and had guest roles on the TV series Elementary and Lost & Found.

On the Charmed reboot, Mel’s older sister is Macy, a “witty, intense science nerd” who also has a Ph.D. in quantum physics. Like Prue Halliwell, the eldest sister in the original, her power is telekinesis. The youngest Charmed One is Madison, “an athletic (pilates, cheerleading) college student pledging a sorority.” Unlike in the original series, instead of being able to see the future, Madison can hear people’s thoughts. Macy and Madison’s actors have not yet been announced so we’ll just have to keep waiting!

The new Charmed has been described by the CW as “this fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches.” Both Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs were offended with the phraseology of “feminist reboot,” considering the original wasn’t lacking on the girl power front.

We can’t wait to see who will play Macy and Madison Pruitt – and then all the other characters, as well!