Ri'chard has landed a potentially recurring role and will play Jamie, E! Online reports.
Jamie, who has been described as a 'bad boy', is a new love interest for Bonnie (Katerina Graham).
He will make his debut in the season's 12th episode when Bonnie and Elena (Nina Dobrev) meet him during a road trip.
Bonnie's "determined and fiery" mother Abby is also expected to star in the instalment. Entertainment Weekly reports that Persia White has signed up to take on the role.
Ri'chard previously had parts in Veronica Mars and Meet The Browns, while White appeared in Girlfriends.
Torrey DeVitto also recently signed up to star in upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries.
The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on January 5 on The CW.
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