*The Vampire Diaries has cast two new characters who will be playing pivotal roles.

“Veronica Mars” alum Robert Ri’chard has landed the role of Jamie, a potential love interest for witch Bonnie Bennett, played by African American actress Katerina Graham.  Jamie will be seen in the 12th episode when the CW drama returns for the remainder of its third season next year, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Actor Robert Ri'chard attends the third annual All-Star Luncheon hosted by Dwyane Wade and Mike Modano held at the Tower Club on Feb. 13, 2010 in Dallas

In the episode, Bonnie and Elena go on a road trip and that’s when they meet the handsome Jamie, with whom Bonnie is drawn to. Now that Bonnie and Jeremy are on the outs, Jamie — who may become a recurring character — may provide a breath of fresh air.

In the same episode, viewers will meet Bonnie’s mother Abby, who will be played by Persia White (Girlfriends). And she may or may not have a connection to Jamie.

Ri’chard recently appeared on TBS’ “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.”