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'Empire' Star Cast As Gay Schemer In Heather Locklear Role On 'Dynasty' Reboot

We've always said Heather Locklear is irreplaceable, but this bit of creative casting just might work! 

Empire star Rafael de la Fuente has just joined The CW's Dynasty reboot in the role of "Samuel Joseph Flores." He'll portray the scheming love interest of billionaire heir Steven Carrington. In the original Dynasty, Heather Locklear played the manipulative "Sammy Jo" who took advantage of embattled Steven, who was having trouble coming to terms with his sexuality to say the least. 

We guess if you're going to try to fill Heather Locklear's shoes, it's best to get a gay man! 

Thanks to Daytime Confidential for the tip! 

Here's Deadline's original report:

Rafael de la Fuente (When We Rise) is set as a series regular opposite Grant Show in the CW’s Dynasty pilot, a reboot of the iconic 1980s primetime soap. Co-written by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick, and directed by Brad Silberling, the new Dynasty follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. De la Fuente will play Sam, a cute schemer who has a one-night stand with Steven, the rebel son of Blake Carrington (Show). De La Fuente was recently seen in the praised ABC miniseries When We Rise and recurs on Fox’s Empire as Michael Sanchez.