On the heels of the news that Jen Lilley is leaving her Days of Our Lives role of scheme queen Theresa Donovan comes word that the also-exiting Kate Mansi has been recast as troubled ingénue Abigail DiMera: Marci Miller will make her debut as Chad’s bride this fall, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Though a soap rookie, the actress has appeared in a bunch of short films and stars in the upcoming Children of the Corn: Runaway and Death Race 2050, Roger Corman’s upgrade of his 1975 cult classic, Death Race 2000, with Malcolm McDowell and Manu Bennett (Arrow).
In announcing her departure on Instagram back in January, Mansi — a TV newbie when she was cast as Jack and Jennifer’s daughter on Days in 2011 — wrote that “the timing was right for [her] to set sail from Salem.” Already, she has landed a lead in the thriller Boyfriend Killer, opposite her onetime Days castmate Patrick Muldoon, who played Austin.
Miller inherits a juicy storyline in which newlywed Abigail has lost her marbles after being tormented by her ex, Ben, aka the Necktie Killer. NBC could not be reached for comment.
What do you think, Days fans? Will you be able to accept someone new playing Abigail opposite Billy Flynn’s Chad? Hit the comments.