David Anders to Play Uncle Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries

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David Anders is a guest star in demand. The actor, whose character was killed off the aforementioned Fox drama just a few days ago, has landed on his feet. Or, should we say, his fangs.

The veteran actor has landed a key role on The Vampire Diaries: He'll debut on the April 15 episode as Elena and Jeremy’s uncle, Jonathan Gilbert. A show insider tells Entertainment Weekly the character will “cause some trouble."

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Yes, Jonathan Gilbert is the same name as the ancestor we saw in the series' last flashback installment. This is a different relative of Elena and Jeremy, but it's safe to assume he'll have the same issues with blood suckers as the original Jonathan.

The Vampire Diaries won't air a new episode until March 25. Sound off in our forum with your take on Anders joining the cast.

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