The Reason Showtime Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Dempsey & Christian Slater For Dexter: Original Sin

Why did Showtime choose these three actors in particular?

Dexter: Original Sin, the prequel series starring Patrick Gibson that follows 20-year-old Dex in 1991 Miami as he evolves into a serial killer is in production since June 5th. Currently filming in Los Angeles, the spinoff has seen nine actors announced by Showtime so far, three of whom are particularly notable.

Christian Slater was among the first three actors announced on May 23rd, the day the prequel was revealed. A month later, on June 20th, Patrick Dempsey, one of Hollywood's biggest names, joined the cast. Most recently, the star-studded lineup welcomed Sarah Michelle Gellar, a pop-culture icon of the past three decades, announced last Thursday.

Fans of these actors, especially those of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Patrick Dempsey, were ecstatic upon hearing the news of their involvement in the Dexter prequel.

But why did Showtime choose these particular actors for Dexter: Original Sin? 

According to, their casting was a very deliberate decision. The network executives aimed to effectively capture the 90s period in which the show is set. To achieve this, they cast actors who were prominent in influential 90s projects and who continue to be stars today.

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Set in 1991 Miami, Dexter: Original Sin takes place 15 years before the original series' first episode. The series picks up as Dexter transitions from student to avenging serial killer.

When his bloodthirsty urges can’t be ignored any longer, Dexter must learn to channel his inner darkness. With the guidance of his father, Harry, he adopts a Code designed to help him find and kill people who deserve to be eliminated from society without getting on law enforcement’s radar. This is a particular challenge for young Dexter as he begins a forensics internship at the Miami Metro Police Department.

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