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Claire Holt Heading to NBC's Aquarius as a Series Regular: What Does This Mean for The Originals?

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Claire Holt is turning in her immortality for a badge. 

The Originals star has joined the cast of NBC's new drama Aquarius as a series regular, E! News has learned. 

Set in the ‘60s, Aquarius stars David Duchovny as an undercover cop tracking down infamous killer Charles Manson and his followers. Also set to star in the 13-episode series are Gaius Charles, Gethin Anthony and Grey Damon. Holt will play Office Chairmain Tully, a beautiful young female police officer who is trying to be taken seriously in the male-dominated world of the LAPD in 1967, no easy task. 

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Holt's Vampire Diaries character Rebekah, the sole female sibling in the Original family of vampires, quickly became a fan favorite after her season three debut, along with onscreen brothers Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies, landing them their own spinoff series, The Originals

But fans of the CW hit series were thrown for a major curveball when Holt exited the series in its first season, which she later explained was due to her desire to be back in Los Angeles (The Originals films in Atlanta). "This show has been so amazing for my career, and I've had such unbelievable material, it was just never my intention to be away from home this long," she said in an interview with Buzzfeed.

Still, Holt's new gig on Aquarius won't stop Rebekah from making a quick visit to New Orleans in season two, as The Originals' creator Julie Plec revealed that we'll see Holt "at least once in the first three episodes" during the show's panel at Comic-Con. And fans got a taste of Rebekah's return in the trailer that was screened, featuring footage  from the first three episodes with a fairy tale narration by Holt. And after her exit, Holt said, "I am simply looking at this as a temporary absence."

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBC Universal family.)

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