'30 Days Of Night' Sequel's Plot & Casting Announced, Kiele Sanchez Replaces Melissa George

Kiele Sanchez The official cast and synopsis for "30 Days of Night: Dark Days," the sequel to the 2007 adaptation of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's comic book, has been announced just days after an initial look at the movie's acting roster.

Most of the important casting notes—including the arrivals of Mia Kirshner ("The L Word"), Rhys Coiro ("Entourage") and Harold Perrineau ("Lost")—remain in place, though perhaps the biggest news is that Melissa George will not be reprising her role as Stella Oleson, despite Niles' own hopes.

Bloody Disgusting reports that Oleson will instead be played by Kiele Sanchez, perhaps best known as the castaway Nikki on the third season of "Lost."

While her character wasn't exactly a fan-favorite, Sanchez as an actress wasn't widely panned—viewers mostly took issue with Nikki's introduction into the series—so her status as the new "30 Days of Night" lead shouldn't be seen as an automatic downgrade from Melissa George.

As previously reported, the plot of "Dark Days" will focus on Stella seeking vengeance against Lilith (Kirshner), the vampire queen responsible for the destruction of Stella's Alaskan hometown and the death of her husband, played by Josh Hartnett in the first film.

Stella is given the opportunity to strike back against Lilith after running into "a group of lost souls" played by Coiro, Perrineau and actress Diora Baird. The vampire-hunting trio—now a quartet thanks to Stella—venture off "into the uncharted underbelly of Los Angeles" in order to put an end to the vampires once and for all.

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