The Vampire Diaries Casting for "Ruthless and Malicious" Alaric

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As previously reported, The Vampire Diaries is seeking an actor to play Alaric Saltzman, a key character from the A.J. Smith book series.

Executive producer Kevin Williamson has described this history teacher with one word: "hot."

But a recent casting notice sent out by the show delves a lot more into the character of Alaric. The CW sent out the following note this week:

Mid 20's to Early 30's - Mystic Falls' HOT new history teacher all the girls are crushing on. Smart, funny, and charming with a splash of cute nerd. He seems like a stand up guy until he starts to display some darker qualities. Turns out there is another side to this man. He can be quite ruthless and malicious. When we learn of his deadly agendas and the real reason he's come to town - all hell breaks loose. GUEST STAR RECURRING/POSSIBLE SERIES REGULAR

Any thoughts on who should play this role on The Vampire Diaries? The series premieres on September 10.

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