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There’s been a casting shake-up on BBC’s Merlin: Asa Butterfield will not be reprising his role as Mordred next year.

Alexander Vlahos, 23, will be taking over the role of Mordred from 15-year-old Butterfield, a journalist confirmed the news a few days ago on Twitter, after several cryptic tweets by Vlahos himself.

Vlahos has previously worked on the British series The Indian Doctor, Doctors and Pen Talar. It is not known why they’ve switched actors, although perhaps scheduling conflicts due to Butterfield’s commitment to Ender’s Game played a part.

What do you think about Merlin going with an older actor for Mordred? Will his rapid aging be addressed? Are they perhaps setting up a romance with Morgana? Share your theories in the comments!

This news was reported on SpoilerTV.

  • Ally

    Not too excited about this… I loved Asa Butterfield as Mordred, but I understand that he has other things going on, so I’m okay with them replacing him. A 23 year-old though? Way too old. 

  • RussellTurner

    Maybe he gets older? Who knows? I’m not upset about it.. 

  • QuaffleRose34

    i’m thinking they’re going to do a fast forward.  I mean, it’s been at least 2 or 3 years since we’ve seen mordred, and they show has a tendency to jump a lot. **SPOIIERISH** since mordred kills arthur in the original legends, i think they NEED an older actor. 

    • ells

      Yea I don’t think so, because in the original story mordred was also Arthurs son and this series is awesome but isn’t even close to identical to the real story of king Arthur, I haven’t finished watching the season yet because it’s the last season and I don’t want it to end but who knows you could be right, but maybe not. :)

  • MattyW04

    If they needed to get another older actor, it appears they did a great job. Both look very similar. I agree though, Asa was wonderfully creepy! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673982809 Irfon Pennant Williams

    Another reason for the cast change?

    Between Series 2 and 3 there’s been a year. The same between Series 3 and 4. Let’s assume each season is a year, give or take. so that will be 4 years. If they have a gap of a year again between Series 4 and Series 5, then that would be 5 years. When we last saw Mordred he was 12. The actor is currently 14. If we take all this in to consideration, then Mordred should be 16 – 17 when series 5 of Merlin begins.

    • QuaffleRose34

      that’s what i’m saying!  totally agree :)  if that’s what they’re doing, then we definitely need an older-looking actor for mordred.

  • TheOneAndOnlyCliche

    Asa just ain’t aging. That kid is destined to be adorable forever.
    This guy looks the part, though, so it’s all good.

  • Alexis

    I freaking love Asa and already miss him a bunch. They definitely could have aged him two years, but if the true reason was Ender’s then I’m almost okay with it. I just want to see him on Merlin again. </3

  • SnatcherGirl

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D:

    • Me

      I feel the same way they can’t take away Asa I will miss him

  • Mad

    What!!!! Asa is awesome as Mordred. This is just going to ruin it!

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  • gcw07

    While I liked Asa in the role, the show has already had many time jumps throughout the seasons. So Mordred should already be 4 or 5 years older then Asa actually is. So a recast isn’t that big of a deal.

  • Jack

    So odd. Often TV programmes have issues with child actors ageing “too fast”

  • Lily

    O.O Woah. That’s just… weird.
    The recasting is understandable. Asa will be busy with Ender’s Game, and more time has passed in the show’s storyline than in real life (though Asa himself has grown a LOT since he last appeared as Mordred. As in… he’s ridiculously tall now. :P)
    However, 23 is a bit much. That guy doesn’t look at all like a teenage boy, and there’s really no reason for Mordred to suddenly super-age or whatever. Mordred romance with Morgana? That’s just weird. Disgusting, even – like, Oedipus-esque. Mordred’s supposed to be her son according to legen, and the producers have stated that they’d like to maintain that mother-son relationship dynamic, as shown in the first few episodes Mordred’s been in.

    … Overall, not too happy with this particular choice for a cast switch-up. They shoulda picked someone younger. There are plenty of good British teen actors who could’ve taken the part.

  • Lily

    Plus, Asa is just wonderfully creepy. Like, “I’m-so-innocent-I-couldn’t-possibly-be-evil” kind of creepy. Alexander could probably pull off creepy too, but I’m going to miss Asa’s innocent creepiness :(

    • nico henstock

      True, I thought the exact same thing about Asa, he’s got Elijah Wood type 
      eyes, but man can he look creepy and evil too, all the while he’s got 
      those enormous baby blues. I will definitely miss him.

  • Jimmy Rose

    Meh. Whatever. We are already so far off of the source material, I don’t care what they do with casting Mordred. They can explain it any way they want, and I’ll still buy it. But, I’ll be honest, I’m ready for Merlin to reveal himself to Arthur.

    • kath cabigas

      hear hear!!

  • Ser Something

    There goes my theory that he’s Morgana’s son (like in the original legends) from the future.

    • ells

      That is still possible, morgana aged about 5 years to and I don’t think it said her age in the series mordred supposed fo be like 16 in this.

  • nico henstock

    I know it will be awesome, just got through watching season 4 and it was the 
    best one yet, this show keeps getting better and better, in spite of the fact that 
    I still think they cast a completely wrong Guinevere. 

    • k8

      No, i think Angel Coulby is perfecyt and she plays the role every well.

    • nicenight

      i personally think she makes a great guinevere thats me though

  • Bob

    no way they will not hav romance!!! mordred is morgana and arthur’s SON!!!

  • kat

    or maybe Mordred could be Morgana’s son but they just haven’t revealed it yet but I think it would be quite interesting to see Morgana have a romantic side of life.  

  • Emily

    They absolutely CANNOT have a Mordred/Miranda romance. Maybe the large age difference could be due to another time jump, a bigger one this time? It is a shame about Asa though. I like him. (I couldn’t believe it when I found out he’s only a year and a half younger than me. He’s so cute!)

  • Emily

    Fuck. Why does autocorrect think Morgana should be miranda?

  • Anna

    NO Asa is amazing…. this can’t happen

  • Hailee

    Asa Butterfield is 15 now. I think he could pull off a 16-17 year old. He’s acted as a 12 year old at age 14 in Hugo, and now at 15, he will be playing a 10 year old in Ender’s Game. I’m pretty sure he is capable of playing a 16-17 year old. But either way, at least Mordred comes back. Although, this new actor will never, ever, be the Mordred we all have known.

  • Anonymous

    ): nooooooo

  • anonymous

    are we just going to pretend to notice that Mordred is now like 23 in the show, or…

    • ells

      He’s not supposed to be 23 in the show more like 17, he just playing a younger person, I mean he could maybe pass as 17.

  • anonymous

    are we just going to pretend to not notice that Mordred is now like 23 in the show, or…

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