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Jacob Batalon Leads Syfy Series REGINALD THE VAMPIRE

One of the MCU’s top best friends is taking center stage in his next role. Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned Leeds in Tom Holland-led Spider-Man films, is starring in a new vampire series at Syfy. And while many probably maxed out their limit for vampires by 2014—with a little Twilight revisit every so often, as a treat—this new series appears to subvert tired vampire tropes. Reginald the Vampire, which is currently the working title, is an upcoming adaptation of Johnny B. Truant’s Fat Vampire novels.

Here’s the logline, per Deadline, where we first saw the news:

The series follows “Reginald Baskin  who tumbles headlong into a world populated by beautiful, fit and vain vampires as an unlikely hero who will have to navigate every kind of obstacle — the girl he loves but can’t be with, a bully manager at work and the vampire chieftain who wants him dead. Fortunately, Reginald discovers he has a few unrecognized powers of his own.”
Betty and MJ stand behind Ned in Far From Home

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Considering how much of our more recent vampire media exclusively focused on the same brand of thin,  impossibly attractive—and mostly white—vampires, it’s really refreshing that the show, and the books it’s based on, are specifically pushing back on that ridiculous criteria. 

The series, which is from Harley Peyton, a writer and producer on Twin Peaks and the upcoming Chucky series, received a 10-episode order from Syfy, ensuring we’ll at least see a bit of it. However, Syfy hasn’t shared any details as to exactly when the horror dramedy will hit TV screens. 

Still, we’re excited to see Batalon taking the lead role. His only major non-MCU role was in the Netflix holiday ensemble flick Let It Snow. And I thought he was quite charming in the movie. Of course, he’s excellent as Ned Leeds, Peter Parker’s best friend and “guy in the chair.” 

In addition to appearing in the Spider-Man films Homecoming and Far From Home, he’s also made cameos in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. We’ll see him reprise his role in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film, which also stars Holland and Zendaya, arrives in December 2021. 

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