The Winchesters are scheduling a reunion of sorts with their latest addition to the cast. Tom Welling, the eternal Clark of Smallville, is joining the Supernatural spin-off. The announcement came this Sunday, October 9, at the panel of the New York Comic Con series.
Welling will play the family patriarch Samuel Campbell (originally Mitch Pileggi’s role in Supernatural). He is the father of Mary Campbell and the maternal grandfather of Dean and Sam.
Welling, of course, starred as Clark Kent in Smallville, a series in which the executive producer of The Winchesters, Jensen Ackles, starred in 22 episodes. (via TVLine)
Smallville’s Tom Welling character in The Winchesters
“Samuel taught Mary everything he knows. Rigid and pragmatic, he is a veteran hunter who prefers actions to words.. And it’s always his way or the road.” says the official description of the character.
“But when Samuel teams up with Mary and her friends to save the world, he won’t just have to defeat the most dangerous monster he’s ever faced. He will also have to mend his broken relationship with his daughter.”
Welling will make his debut in episode 7.
The Winchesters is a prequel to Supernatural that follows the parents of Dean and Sam Winchester (played by Drake Rodger of The In-Between and Meg Donnelly of American Housewife) as they fall in love and hunt monsters together in the 1970s.
The series is thus described as “the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put everything on the line not just to save their love, but the entire world.”
Additionally, the story will feature narration from the perspective of his eldest son Dean, with Ackles reprising his role and narrating the episodes.
During the panel, writer/showrunner Robbie Thompson hinted that Supernatural fans can also expect to see “some very familiar faces… in an episode, we’re shooting in a few days.”
“And then a few more that I can’t even reveal,” the producer added with a laugh. “And we also have plans to not only bring back some of our familiar faces but younger versions of characters that we may not have seen yet.”.