The Jane the Novela pilot currently in development at The CW will feature a familiar face from the Jane the Virgin family. Ivonne Coll, who plays Alba on the flagship series, is heading to the spin-off in a completely new role. According to Deadline, Coll will be playing Camilla, the adoptive mother of the first season’s heroine Estella (Jacqueline Grace Lopez). Camilla “would do anything to protect her daughter and the life they have built, even lie to her,” according to the site.
Jane the Novela is designed to be an anthology series, and each season would be based on a book written by Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), the lead of the original series. The potential first season centers on a familiar love triangle that finds Estella torn between her longtime security guard boyfriend (Remy Hii) and a rich wine seller (Hunter Parrish). It’s just like Jane’s love triangle, but with a few tweaks.
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The reunion between Coll and the Jane creative team won’t be the only reunion in the pilot, though. Teen Wolf‘s Holland Roden has also joined the cast as Felix’s animal-loving sister. She appeared opposite Coll when the latter did a stint on the MTV supernatural series. Coincidentally, Teen Wolf lead Tyler Posey had his own recurring role on Jane the Virgin, in Season 4. The world of Hollywood is incredibly small.
Coll’s involvement in the pilot also brings up a larger question if Jane the Novela is picked up to series, though. Could other Jane actors also show up to play new roles in Jane’s novels? Surely there’s a meaty Petra-inspired character that Yael Grobglas could come sink her teeth into, right?
Jane the Virgin Season 5 premieres Wednesday, March 27 at 9/8c on The CW.
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