Matt Davis Cast as Lead in CW "Cult" Pilot

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The CW and Warner Bros. didn't have to look far to find the male lead for their buzzed-about new pilot Cult. The Vampire Diaries' Matt Davis has signed on to star alongside Jessica Lucas in the new show.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie) are co-producing the show, which centers on Skye (Lucas), an inquisitive young production assistant on a wildly popular TV show called Cult.

After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, she joins Jeff (Davis), a journalist whose brother is among those missing, in investigating the rabid Cult who might be re-creating crimes in real life.

Matthew Davis Picture

If the pilot is picked up, which seems like a decent bet given the pedigree of the producers (and Davis' awesomeness), he will still be available to make guest appearances in future seasons of The Vampire Diaries.

Davis has played an integral role in the hit series as high school history teacher / vampire hunter / Elena guardian / Damon BFF Alaric Saltzman since midway through the show's first season.

We spoke with Davis and his cast members at PaleyFest over the weekend, where Thursday's all-new episode, "1912," was screened. Follow the link for TV Fanatic's Vampire Diaries cast interviews!

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