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OLTL casts newcomer as its new Destiny
Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:35:31 PM
One Life to Live has issued its first casting calls under Prospect Park. The show is looking to recast the roles of Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans. A casting call has also gone out for the unknown role of "Billy."
Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively that Laura Harrier has been cast in the contract role of Destiny Evans on “One Life to Live.” She replaces Shenell Edmonds, who portrayed the character on the ABC version of the series from 2009-2012. No word yet on who will be portraying the recast version of Matthew Buchanan, last played by Eddie Alderson. “OLTL” marks Harrier’s first role as a series regular on television. Harrier is a New York based international model represented by Muse NYC. The Chicago native has shot campaigns for American Eagle, Target, and L’oreal and has been photographed for such magazines as Glamour, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. As previously reported, Prospect Park is looking to make things a little edgier on their soaps as Destiny seems to be dabbling into the world of Sugar Babies. While performers continue signing on for One Life to Live's reboot, there are two former One Life to Live stars who apparently will not be returning to the show.

Soap Opera Digest has obtained casting notices that indicate that the roles of Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans will be recast.

For more than a decade, Eddie Alderson played OLTL's Matthew Buchanan. Alderson, the younger brother of Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), made his first appearance in May 2001. After seven years on recurring status, Alderson was placed on contract in December 2008. Alderson continued with OLTL through its final ABC broadcast in January 2012.

Shenell Edmonds originated the then-recurring role of Destiny in 2009. About a year later, Edmonds was placed on contract and remained with the show through its finale in January 2012. Interestingly, Edmonds had previously agreed to sign on with Prospect Park's reboot during the company's first, but failed, effort in 2011.

Also included in the casting call is a listing for the character of Billy, described as "Caucasian, 30s, ruggedly handsome. Charming yet naïve when it comes to relationships. He falls in love first and thinks second. He is a man of strong values who puts family before all else."

It's unclear if a false name is being used to hide the identity of the role the show is actually trying to cast (or recast).

For more One Life to Live casting news, please read:
  • Erika Slezak, Robert S. Woods close to signing
  • Jerry ver Dorn "thrilled" to be returning to Llanview
  • "Proud" Robin Strasser is headed back as OLTL's Dorian
  • OLTL hires two new head writers

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