Days of Our Lives replaces Dylan Patton with Chandler Massey as Will Horton.
Days of Our Lives has recast the role of William "Will" Horton. Texas native Dylan Patton, who joined the show earlier this year as teenage Will is being replaced with newcomer Chandler Massey. Soap Opera Digest broke the news on their website this morning. According to their insider, "They just felt they needed to make a change with the story coming up." A first airdate is unknown at this time.
Patton first aired in February of this year. The actor replaced Christopher Gerse, who exited the show in November 2007 after playing Will for 4 years. Prior to joining DAYS, the 17 year old appeared on the Disney series That’s So Raven and CBS’ Cold Case. He also had roles in the films Paradise, Texas, So Others May Live and First Strike.
When Chandler Massey takes over the role, this will be his first foray into daytime. This year the actor has appeared in episodes of One Tree Hill, Eastbound & Down, and Army Wives. The actor also played "Ben" in the short film For What I Had to Fear.
Will, son of Sami Brady and Lucas Horton, returned to Salem after a spending a year living in Switzerland with his aunt Carrie and uncle Austin. Since returning to town, Will has been involved in soap’s big babyswitch storyline, befriending and eventually dating Mia (Taylor Spreitler), the young girl who’s baby was switched with Sami’s. Mia and Will became close after the death of his "sister" Grace, who was really the child of Mia and Chad (Casey Deidrick). Since then, the pair has broken up on multiple occasions, due to Mia’s lingering feelings for Chad, the secrets she’s harbored and the lies she’d told to protect Nicole and Sydney (who she believed to be her child). When Will learned of the baby switch, he felt bad for Mia and reached out to her. Though he still has feelings for her, Mia has pretty much let him know it’s over between them.
Last month, TVSource Magazine spoke with Dylan during the 2009 "Day of Days" fan event. The actor discussed how his co-stars Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Bryan Datillo can relate to the challenge and pressure of working on a soap. "I’ve gone back and watched all their scenes from when they first started. They were young, so they know what it’s like for us."