The Winchesters is staging a reunion of sorts with its latest bit of casting news: Tom Welling is joining the Supernatural spinoff, it was announced during a panel at New York Comic Con on Sunday.
Welling is set to play Samuel Campbell (originally played by Mitch Pileggi in Supernatural), Mary Campbell’s father, and Dean and Sam’s maternal grandfather. Welling, of course, starred as Clark Kent in The WB/CW’s Smallville, a series in which executive producer/Supernatural co-lead Jensen Ackles starred for 22 episodes.
Premiering Tuesday at 8/7c on The CW, the prequel follows Dean and Sam Winchester’s parents (played by The In Between‘s Drake Rodger and American Housewife‘s Meg Donnelly) as they fall in love and hunt monsters together in the 1970s. The series is described as “the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.” It will be told from the perspective of their eldest son, Dean, with Ackles narrating.
During a recent virtual panel for the offshoot, writer/showrunner Robbie Thompson hinted that Supernatural fans could expect to see “some very familiar faces…in an episode we’re going to shoot in a couple of days.”
“And then some more that I can’t even reveal. Hopefully, someone that’s on the Zoom, as well, at a certain point. I’m looking at you, Ackles,” the EP added with a laugh. “And we also have plans not just to bring back some of our familiar faces, but younger versions of the characters that maybe we haven’t seen yet.”