Jeremy Irvine, Ethan Russell, Zach Roerig and Cody Walker round out the cast of Todd Robinson’s Vietnam War pic The Last Full Measure from Foresight Unlimited. They join the ensemble led by Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Madigan, John Savage and Bradley Whitford, published;

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, the pic follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman as he battles the political machine in Washington. As we are brought back to what happened in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War through the eyes of the survivors, Huffman teams with the veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to finally award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force Pararescue Jumper Pitsenbarger, who saved many lives as his own was sacrificed.

Irvine will play Medal of Honor recipient William Pitsenbarger (Grant Gustin was originally attached to the role), while Russell, Roerig, and Walker will play young versions of Hurt, Harris, and Savage’s characters respectively.

Mark Damon, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, Timothy Scott Bogart, Shaun Sanghani, Julian Adams, Lauren Selig, Pen Densham, John Watson, Louis Steyn and T.J. Steyn are producing, Habib H. Paracha, Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, and Sidney Sherman have signed on as Executive Producers. Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and producing in association with Provocator and SSS Entertainment.

Irvine, repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group, will appear in Farhad Safinia’s The Professor and the Madman and James Cox’s Billionaire Boys Club. Russell, most recently seen in A Stand Up Guy with Bob Saget, is with Innovative. Also repped by Innovative, Roerig’s latest debut is Lea Thompson’s The Year of Spectacular Man, which made its world premiere at the LA Film Fest last month. Walker, the late Paul Walker’s youngest brother, has recently starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Mario Van Peebles’ USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. He’s a client of Paradigm and Luber Roklin.

Question: Zach Roerig from The Vampire Diaries has been posting pictures from the set of Behind Enemy Lines. Is he going to be on the show full-time? –Matthew
: Good eye, Matthew. Unfortunately, I’m told that Roerig is only guest-starring in the Fox pilot at this point. Either way, I don’t think you have to worry about Roerig being gone from your TV for too long. Has he ever not been employed? (BTW, those pics you mentioned? They have mysteriously vanished from social media. Twist!)

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I have added 700+ 1080p screencaptures of The Vampire Diaries’ Special “The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours” to our photo archives;

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!

After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But this time, saving the day cost him his life.

In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion.

As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)

So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:

Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. I was just excited. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between.

Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that.

Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.

Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written.

Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.

Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. I cried during a lot of moments. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago.

And me… personally? I feel like a vampire who has just turned on her humanity. I’m all over the place. I’m happy with how it ended, but at the same time I would’ve loved for it to go on for another run, knowing that it was really the time to end.

With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane.

This week, Zach Roerig talks playing Matt Donovan…

I’d done pilots before and I was still a pretty young actor — I was 24 when we shot the pilot. I remember being in Vancouver with Ian [Somerhalder]. I tested with Ian and I just thought he was Captain Cool. I’d seen him do a play in New York and I was just enamored by the guy. In the hair and makeup trailer, Ian’s like, “Hey, kid, get ready for the ride of your life.” I locked it in because I felt the wheels spinning. I was like, “I think this is going to happen.”

We did a Hot Topic signing event at a mall in Kennesaw, Georgia. It was the first time we’d been to any sort of fan-related event, and the show hadn’t even aired yet. We walked into a mall and there were like 3,000 screaming fans hanging over the railings, trying to jump past security to grab us. We were all just looking at each other, sitting in front of these kids doing a Q&A and I think that was the day it all set in.

[Showrunner] Julie [Plec] has been really good about being the glue for all of our friendships, the story lines, the tangibility that you have with your character. Julie’s been the one constant throughout the entire show. A lot of things have come and gone, but Julie’s always been there, so I think she’s what’s really made it easy to connect to the characters for so long.

The stuff that I’m proud of and really enjoyed on the show would be last season, my work with Penny. That was really cool for me to be able to have a real connection with someone.

For me, not only has The Vampire Diaries been the longest job I’ve ever had, but it’s been a quarter of my life. I became a parent doing this job. It’s been a very healing process. We all started this show, almost all of us, in the midst of some sort of life turmoil, whatever it may have been. And somehow through these eight years we’ve patched ourselves up and are now ready to face the world again.

The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

The Vampire Diaries has wrapped up filming earlier this week… *sobs* I have added some behind the scenes photos to our photo archives;

After seven long seasons, The Vampire Diaries has finally reunited Matt Donovan with his estranged father — but their road to recovery is only just beginning. TV Line has some interesting spoilers;

“Giving Matt those answers — Who is his father? Does he even exist? Why did he leave? — was important to us, because it was a dangling thread we’d never been able to tell a story about,” executive producer Julie Plec explains to TVLine. “I swear, all Zach Roerig does this season is cry, at least in his first few episodes.”
Adds Roerig, “Everyone has always wanted Matt to find some closure — with Penny’s death, or Vicki’s death, or even with the Elena thing at the beginning of the show — so he can finally understand why everything happened. … Matt’s a good dude, so I’m sure it’s hard for him to think, ‘Why wouldn’t my dad want to be a part of this? I’m badass!’”

Friday’s episode, during which Matt’s dad finally began to comprehend the depth of his suffering (“How did it come to this?”), marked the beginning of a long journey for the Donovan men.
“It’s sad if you think about everything Matt has been through, and that’s ultimately what he has to make his dad understand,” Plec explains. “It’s not just that he left, but the life he left Matt with took such a turn to sadness. That’s been the biggest struggle Matt’s had to fight against growing up.”

Roerig also extends kudos to the casting department for placing Joel Gretsch (NCIS, Witches of East End) in such a pivotal role.
“[Joel] could be my real dad, it’s crazy,” he notes. “He was born in Minnesota, not far from where my father was born in Minnesota — and the skin tone, and the eyes. He’s also just a really good dude and good actor; we really clicked and bonded well. … I like the idea of Matt not being a bastard. Whether it was tumultuous, or whatever issues there were involving his abandonment, at least people know that this is Matt’s dad — proof of his genetics. Maybe it’ll help Matt solve the mystery of why he feels so compelled to stay in Mystic Falls.”

A new beginning awaits Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) on the final season of The Vampire Diaries, Friday at 8/7c on The CW!

With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end, the cast will pay a visit to Washington, DC for the last time organized by Creationent!
Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matt Davis, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, Chris Wood, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, David Alpay and Chris Brochu of The Vampire Diaries will be there to represent The Vampire Diaries while Charles Michael Davis, Steven Krueger, Sebastian Roché and Chase Coleman will be there to represent The Originals. The event will be hosted by Micah Parker.

Shows start about 10 or 11 in the morning and run till about 6 or 7 at night. But they can start earlier and/or end later if necessary to accommodate an actor’s schedule for autographing and photo ops. The hour-by-hour schedule is posted late in the afternoon (California time) on the Wednesday before the convention. [Information]

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TVDDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Details: Ticket Information,
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 30 – October 2, 2016

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The Vampire Diaries returns with its final season next month! Mark your agenda’s for October 21st!

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