Sarah Michelle Gellar became a household name after portraying the titular slayer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1996 to 2003. A surprise announcement last year revealed series creator Joss Whedon would partner with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Monica Owusu-Breen to reboot the popular series. Now, Gellar has revealed that she won't be a part of that reboot.
Speaking to The Wrap, Gellar finally broke her silence on the possibility of returning as Buffy Summers. "I don’t know anything about it, honestly," she said. "I think that it’s a great story and I’m glad that it will get retold and hope that people will watch it. But, you know, I’ve told my story with it."
Even if Gellar is hanging up her stake and crossbow forever, she still has fond memories of playing Buffy. She continued, “For me the beauty of the show was the madness and horrors of high school manifesting in actual literal horrors. And I may look young, thanks to all my Olay products, but I don’t look like I’m a kid." The Olay nod is due to Gellar starring in company's first Super Bowl ad, which will air this weekend.
While there are still few details surrounding the show's plot, Whedon has promised he won't recast classic characters like Buffy, Willow and Xander. As it stands, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot will focus on an a new generation of characters, who include African-American slayer. The show is expected to pick up after the events of "Chosen," the original series' finale.
Although Gellar seems to be out for now, there's still a chance for stars like Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, David Boreanaz and Anthony Head to appear in some capacity. Gellar, Hannigan and Boreanaz have all already given their blessing to the reboot.
Created by Joss Whedon, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot will be helmed by Monica Uwusu-Breen. The series is predicted to debut in 2019, but an official release date has not yet been announced.