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'Vampire Diaries' casts 'Melrose Place' star Shaun Sipos

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The Vampire Diaries has cast Shaun Sipos as a new ally for Elena.

The Texas Chainsaw 3D star will play Aaron, who meets Elena (Nina Dobrev) at college, E! Online reports.

The new Melrose Place had ties with the original stories but it wasn't enough to save it from the axe.

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Shaun Sipos

Nina Dobrev as Elena in The Vampire Diaries S04E19: 'Pictures of You'

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Nina Dobrev as Elena in The Vampire Diaries S04E19



On the run from a dark past, recurring character Aaron will bond with the tortured vampire.

The 31-year-old Sipos previously starred on The CW's Life Unexpected and also appeared on the network's short-lived Melrose Place revamp.

The Vampire Diaries - 'The Originals' (S04E20): Ian Somerhalder as Damon

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Ian Somerhalder as Damon



Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder recently told Digital Spy that he is "not thrilled" about new spinoff series The Originals, since it takes "amazing actors" away from the original show.

"Who are the other people who are gonna be coming on the show? Are they gonna be good?" he posed. "Because it's The CW, and everyone has to be pretty, and there aren't a lot of pretty people that can act well.

"I'm one of them, that can act well. Not to sound s**tty about it, but casting is always tough."

The Vampire Diaries returns to The CW on Thursday, October 10. The fifth season will also air on ITV2 in the UK.

> Vampire Diaries casts True Blood's Janina Gavankar

Watch the Vampire Diaries Comic Con sizzle reel - featuring footage from season five - below:

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