Her character, Sydney, didn't really die on the first series, says a source

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated April 06, 2009 02:55 PM
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Laura Leighton’s character Sydney Andrews is back from the dead to star in the CW’s new version of Melrose Place.

“It was a near-fatal accident. You never actually saw her dead,” says a source familiar with the show, referring to what looked like Sydney’s demise in the original Melrose Place.

At the end of Season 5 of Melrose, a car struck Sydney on her wedding day and left fans believing that she’d died. But appearances can be deceiving: Leighton is back as Sydney who will be the landlord on the network’s updated series.

The cast is complete, says a source, and they’ll start shooting the pilot next week.

In addition to Leighton, the official cast features Katie Cassidy as Ella; Jessica Lucas (who played the narc on this season’s 90210 but will be a different character in the show) as Riley; Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Violet; Michael Rady as Jonah; Colin Egglesfield as Auggie; Shaun Sipos as David, and Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren.

90210‘s Ryan Eggold will also be making an appearance on the show, a la Jennie Garth who crossed over from the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Details are still being hammered out, says the source.