Steven R. McQueen is upgrading from fighting vampires, witches and werewolves to fighting fires!
The Vampire Diaries alum has just joined Chicago Fire, E! News has learned.
McQueen, who exited the CW's supernatural series back in February after six years of playing Elena Gilbert's (Nina Dobrev) younger brother Jeremy, has landed the recurring role of Jimmy Borelli, a new candidate at Firehouse 51, for season four of NBC's drama. Borelli makes a dramatic entrance on his first day at work that doesn't sit well with Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker).
We have to admit, we never would have picked Chicago Fire as McQueen's first post-TVD gig...only because he's spent the past few years heavily campaigning to join a superhero show! The TVD alum tweeted at the Arrow writers room many times about guest starring on the comic book show as Nightwing, and he told E! News on the set of the CW series that he was serious about his pitch.
"I started tweeting the Arrow writer's room and I was like, 'You should be me to guest star as Nightwing. I wrote them jokingly and they ended up tweeting casting," McQueen explained to us. "So I am putting that energy in the universe! It's on camera now, it's gotta happen!"
So while he may not be trading in stakes and crossbows for a cape, at least he's going to get to play a real-life superhero...a fireman!
Chicago Fire season four premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. on NBC.