Will Heather Morris Be the New Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

[caption id="attachment_22181" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Fox"]Heather Morris in "Glee"[/caption]

UPDATE: Warner Bros. is denying rumors that Morris is being considered as a possible next Buffy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, screenwriter Whit Anderson claimes they are "not even *thinking* about casting yet."


In every generation, there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. And she may very well be plucked  from the ranks of "Glee."

As Buffy fans know, Warner Bros. has made a very controversial decision to remake "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for the big screen. According to Movieweb, the new film will be a hybrid between the popular Joss Whedon television show, and the 1992 film that originated the character. The new Buffy will be both a butt-kicker like Sarah Michelle Gellar and a shopaholic cheerleader like Kristy Swanson.

And the girl who will inherit the pom-pons and slayer stake? It may be Heather Morris, best known as the dim cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on "Glee."  Morris has shown some incredible comedic chops on the show (many of her lines are improvised), and become such a favorite that the character went from a backup player to a series regular.

Morris' bubbly comedy, her athletic skills (she was a professional dancer before joining "Glee") and her looks make her a perfect fit for Buffy. She's popular enough with critics and fans that she may even be able to reconcile Buffy devotees to a new incarnation of the character. But will Morris want to play yet another onscreen cheerleader?

We will watch this rumor closely and see what develops. But you have to admit, it would be nice to see Morris as a heroine who not only saves us from darkness but knows her right from her left!

(Originally published on Dec. 10, 2010, at 6:44 p.m. ET)