Exclusive: Jordana Brewster Joins Dallas Reboot

TNT’s Dallas reboot has made its first official hire: Jordana Brewster has snagged a lead role in the high-profile pilot.

The project — written by Cynthia Cidre and Warner Horizon — centers on feuding cousins John Ross and Christopher, the offspring of brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing, as they clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty. Brewster will play Elena, the gorgeous daughter of the ranch’s cook who is locked in a love triangle with Christopher and John.

Brewster joins Dallas alums Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who are set to reprise their roles from the original series as Sue Ellen and Bobby, respectively. After months of negotiations, fellow Dallas vet Larry Hagman, who played the Machiavellian J.R., has verbally committed to the project but has yet to sign a deal. Hagman had been holding out for money, prompting the studio and the network to come up with an alternative pilot script  in which Hagman’s J.R. is only represented through flashbacks from the original series.

Brewster, who recurred on Chuck and Dark Blue, next reprises her role as Mia Toretto in the upcoming The Fast and the Furious sequel, Fast Five.

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  1. Craig says:

    Very cool! Though I wish they’d come up with a different name for the character. I see the name “Elena” and it makes me think of a certain dark-haired resident of Mystic Falls who looks just like someone else…

  2. mina says:

    pretty girl, long dark hair, dark eyes, in a love triangle and named Elena? Copying the TV version of the Vampire Diaries much? Whatever, the one and only TV Elena for me will always be Elena Guilbert…

    • Mikos says:

      It’s not called copying if the producers don’t give a crap about Vampire Diaries and have no clue what character you’re inferring. Besides they’re already copying Dallas, why would they bother with a CW “hit”.

    • Kris says:

      This is a Dallas reboot, I doubt they give a crap about Vampire Diaries. Vampire Diaries didn’t invent love triangles, especially with brothers. Its a soap opera convention used in about every prime time drama. Just because they’re both named Elena doesn’t mean producers went out of their way to rip off a stupid teen soap. TVD fans suck.

  3. Summer says:

    I really doubt that Dallas is trying to reach out to the Vampire Diaries fanbase by naming this character Elena.

  4. TV Gord says:

    Will Cliff Barnes and his daughter be a part of this reboot? You would think her character would be a natural to drive a wedge between John Ross and Christopher.

    • Craig says:

      I would love to see Cliff Barnes and his daughter from the first reunion movie.

      The lack of Cliff was part of what made the “War of the Ewings” reunion movie a failure to me. That, and totally scuttling the new generation, which seemed interesting.

  5. scorpo says:

    I am not sure why this is being referred to as a “reboot”. It is a continuation of the original series. I guess the term “reboot” is a catch all term. I would think sequel series would be more appropriate.

    • Kris says:

      90210 is refferred to as a reboot even though it still had Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, and Shannen Doherty in it. Its a reboot as long as the main focus of the show isn’t any pre-existing characters from the original series. From the sounds of it the main focus is this Elena/John Ross/Christopher love triangle so I’d say the word ‘reboot’ applies.

  6. Josh says:

    Or how about saying the show is returning after a 20 year hiatus. :)

  7. Steve says:

    Agreed – it is not a reboot, it’s a sequel. And the Barnes family will not be part of the new storyline according to the Cynthia Cidre pilot script.

  8. AngrodTV says:

    Very excited about this one! Hope they don’t mess it up like they did with Melrose Place 2.0. *shrugs*

  9. Mr. Schwump says:

    I doubt that Dallas 2.0 will be successful. Recapturing the magic that was Dallas is going to be difficult, if not impossible.

    Still, I will check it out. And with Jordana Brewster, I will definitely check it out. She’s a real beauty.

  10. Tracy a wilson says:

    Well i think they could come up with something more exciting than a love story… juicy people….?

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