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Marcus Coloma Debuts On General Hospital As The New Nikolas Cassadine

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If you caught Thursday’s Halloween episode of General Hospital you know that at the end of the episode a man removed his mask and it turned out to be a very much alive Nikolas Cassadine, now played by actor Marcus Coloma.

How did this twist come about? After the Halloween party, Ava (Maura West) headed to her art gallery and is looking at the portrait of Helena Cassadine.  It is there she ponders how everyone is so interested in it.  When the masked intruder sneaks into the gallery, Ava is ready and has the guy at gunpoint. She had believed Ryan was stalking her.   When the intruder removes his mask, he reveals himself to be Nikolas Cassadine!


Now, when GH fans last saw Nikolas it was being played by Nick Stabile who took over for Tyler Christopher upon the Daytime Emmy-winning actor’s exit in 2016. In story, Nikolas took a bullet for Ava after Valentin attempted to shoot her on Cassadine Island, and instead Nikolas went over a balcony to his presumed death.

We also learned on today’s episode that Nikolas appears to have been the one that took Cassandra Price (Jessica Tuck) many months ago!

While this is Coloma’s first daytime soap role, he’s appeared in primetime on series such as:  False Profits Point Pleasant, South Beach, Drop Dead Diva and Major Crimes.  However, Marcus is best known for his starring role in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua film franchise for Walt Disney Pictures.

So, what did you think of the reveal of the recast Nikolas? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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  1. Jammi

    October 31, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I’m excited about it. Can’t wait to see this unfold!

  2. Pertana Hill

    October 31, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I told my friend who it was when he started stalking her it was Nikolas

    • Pertana's friend

      November 2, 2019 at 10:38 am

      And you were right!

  3. sonniorsolita

    October 31, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I didn’t see the episode, but from these photos it looks like Nikolas de-aged at least a decade!

    • Scott

      November 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Nope. There’s only 4 years difference between Tyler and Marcus.

      • sonniorsolita

        November 2, 2019 at 10:59 am

        But as everyone keeps pointing out, it doesn’t matter how old the actor is, it’s how old the character looks. In this case the character looks significantly younger, which was my point. I guess that’s not very flattering to Tyler Christopher, but there you have it. This actor makes the character look younger!

    • Kay

      November 1, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      The actor is 41 no way were they bringing TC back he lives in Indiana now and has some quite public problems nobody wants to deal with problematic actors I suggest everybody give the poor guy a chance I myself as a viewer hope he helps wrap us some storylines and help weed out some of these useless characters who add nothing to the show! One good thing he did not work at OLTL !!!

      • Michael

        November 3, 2019 at 1:19 am

        There should be a OLTL drinking game… every time someone bitches about an actor from their getting a job you take a drink.

        • Satan

          November 3, 2019 at 11:07 am

          The problem isn’t so much about actors getting a job as it is the Executive Producer & Head Writer who killed OLTL bringing their pets onto GH & Days and then favoring them over the actors/characters who have been carrying those shows for years.

          If I took a drink for every GH or Days character who had been thrown under the bus to benefit Frank & Ron’s pets, I would be dead from cirrhosis of the liver by now.

          And I’m immortal, for Hell’s sake, so that implies a LOT of drinking!!

          • Mary

            November 9, 2019 at 11:52 am

            I actually love watching actors from OLTL very quickly give acting lessons to the long time actors on GH/DOOL who have become too complacent In their roles.

      • Mary

        November 9, 2019 at 11:46 am

        What do you have against actors who worked on OLTL?

    • Violet Lemm2

      November 4, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      I do believe you are right. I am sure Ava will love him. He’s 42 but looks younger, I think, and very handsome.

  4. Nope

    October 31, 2019 at 7:48 pm


  5. James R. Poissant

    October 31, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It’s about time Nikolas came home!!!

  6. Satan

    October 31, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Hasn’t said a word yet and I’m already predicting a big FAIL.

    True, it would be tough to be worse than that last pathetic “recast” who was around for about a week. But if you can’t get Tyler Christopher back, leave Nikolas in the Twilight Zone.

    (The original recast, Coltin Steven Martinez Scott – which ever of those names he’s going by now – was actually pretty good, but he’s since become a criminal in real life, so he ain’t coming back, obviously.)

    • sonniorsolita

      November 1, 2019 at 10:54 am

      That Coltin Scott real-life story is just crazy! I sense your hand in it somewhere, Satan.

    • Bostonnc

      November 1, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Since he has barely said a word, could you withhold judgment a day or two??! Or how about a month? Very excited to have the character back — I’m willing to give him some time. Also, he’s handsome 🙂

      • Satan

        November 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

        Just not a big fan of endless recasts. Particularly when it’s done to prop the producer’s favorite pets (like Ava, in this case) more than anything to do with the actual history of the character before the recast.

        Wouldn’t be surprised if they try to tie Drodd to Fake Nik next, since he has to be inserted in absolutely every storyline. And since Whiny Heiny’s ties to the Cassadines were already expanded in the last round of Drew flashbacks, you can bet Valentini will wedge him into the story somehow.

        • Mary

          November 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

          Maura West (Ava) gives a Masters Class in acting in every scene she is in. That is the reason Maura won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards. Nikolas is too important not to be recast. If you don’t like recasts then don’t watch it is as simple as that.

    • Mary

      November 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      The new Nikolas has not said a single word yet you the amazing Kreskin have decided it is a big fail! You have some sort of magic crystal ball? Wait I know you are psychic -not! Nikolas was always going to recast. Everyone watching GH could have told you that.

  7. Harry

    October 31, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Well, if they cannot get Tyler Christopher this guy is the next best thing. I give it up up to casting. This guy even has that same look of angst in his eyes that Tyler did.

  8. Dan

    November 1, 2019 at 1:06 am

    It’s not Tyler Christopher playing Nikolas, therefore I have less than zero interest. Seriously, the return of Nikolas Cassadine is something I know a lot of people have been waiting for, and this is what they pull? They recast the role with a D-list actor from such classics as Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Drop Dead Diva. This is embarrassing. Is Frank Valentini actually trying to get GH canceled? I’m disgusted with this show.

    • Scott

      November 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Bye, Dan! I too am disappointed that Tyler isn’t returning but the show must go on. I for one loves that Nikolas is back. I hope the new writers make the most of it.

    • Drake

      November 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Dear Dan, Just a thought- maybe you should watch another show. Like Tyler, Marcus is a talented working actor. He’s got the chops. Calling him D-list is unfair and uninformed.

    • Jeffrie

      November 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      why So down on the new Nicholas rumor has it Tyler has some serious problems so they had to look else where….give the new guy a chance geeeez!

    • Mary

      November 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      If you are this unhappy there is always DOOL, Young and Restless or Bold and Beautiful. Nikolas has been recast. Frank Valentini and others are not interested in getting TC back. There is a reason for that. As for Marcus Coloma, I am going to give him a chance to grow into the role

  9. Jeremy

    November 1, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I can’t say that I am not surprised that that Nikolas has not returned in the form of Tyler Christopher. There was one scene in Thursday episode where we saw the hands/fingers of Nikolas and in that moment I knew it was not Tyler. I am SO FAR okay with the recast of Marcus Coloma, though I he is a tad younger than Tyler. I have a feeling that Marcus Coloma may rock the role of Nikolas like how Jason Thompson is rocking the role of Billy on Y&R. I think and believe the new recast may actually work, but I could be wrong once Halloween episodes pass and we see how Marcus’s portrayal takes off. I know Nick Stabile looks more like Tyler’s age but I will say that Nick Stabile (in his brief portrayal of Nikolas) he and Maura West had amazing chemistry. Let’s see how the chemistry goes with with Maura and Marcus. I don’t really see a reunion between Hayden and Nikolas and Britta is gone. I think the best choice is for Nikolas to reconnect with Ava. I wish Marcus well, he definitely has big shoes to fill. I don’t know his work, but his look… looks good. I can only only make a more detailed and precise opinion in a few weeks time… but I will also say that since GH opted to recast Nikolas, I would prefer a recast Spencer, it’s time to age Spencer a we bit. I am happy GH recast Nikolas, he is such an important character on the canvas and the show recast with Colin Scott and after Tyler left a few years ago, Nick Stabile stepped in, it shows you how necessary the character of Nikolas is on GH, so I look forward to Marcus’s depiction and hope we see Spencer return in the form of the current actor or a new one. And, I’d like to see the Ava pairing with Nikolas re-explored and let’s see if it works. Welcome Marcus Coloma – wishing you well.

  10. Teddy

    November 1, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I really wanted it to be Tyler. Wait and see how it goes.

  11. brian

    November 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I really thought Tyler Christopher was coming back.

  12. Davy

    November 1, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Wow, Nikolas got younger! He looks like a young Tyler Christpher. That will make Ava happy as she goes for young guys.

    • Shari

      November 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Agreed, Way too young!! Ava likes the young ones but this pairing will look like she’s with her son.

    • Scott

      November 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      There’s only 4 years difference between Tyler and Marcus.

    • rebecca1

      November 10, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Ava doesn’t “go for young guys.” Before we met her she was in love with both Franco and Silas, both older than her. In Port Charles, she was with DA Hornsby, also older, and “Kevin”. Both older. Only Griffin and Morgan were younger…Griffin by less than a decade. In contrast, almost all the males have been with much younger women…and back in the day Monica was with Ned, Olivia and Carly with Johnny Z…both about a decade older than him. So, once again Ava gets singled out wrongly.
      By the current story, looks like Nicolas is too resentful of Ava for not testifying against Valentin to be with her. Shame…and I hope that changes. She did what most would do, have a once-in-a-lifetime to restore her face. She never stopped caring for Nicolas.

  13. Dan S

    November 1, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I am happy the character is back. There are obviously issues with Tyler Christopher and the show needs Nicholas. I wish the new actor success in the role and look forward to great storytelling. Can’t wait to see Laura and Nicholas together! The show needs some good Cassadine drama! There are endless possibilities now with Valentin, Nina, Ava and hopefully, Spencer!

  14. mike

    November 1, 2019 at 6:33 am

    not a good choice

    • Scott

      November 1, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Why do you feel this way, Mike? Age? There’s only a four year age difference between Tyler and Marcus. I’m excited to see what Marcus brings to the character and how Jax and Hayden play into all of this.

  15. Rodd

    November 1, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Yay! I’m glad Nikolas is back! There’s so much exciting story to be told. Can’t wait to see it play out. Hope Marcus is up for the challenge. I thought he looked familiar but don’t know for sure if I’ve seen him on TV or not.

  16. DMRR

    November 1, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Good God. This show is getting worse and worse.

  17. DMRR

    November 1, 2019 at 9:05 am

    He’s got to be better than Ramsey and Puke Peter.

  18. Timmm

    November 1, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Never heard of the dude. I’ll give him a chance. I would have preferred Nick Stabile. This new guy looks like that kid from the Wonder Years!

  19. Desperately Seeking Liz

    November 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    This recast is so disappointing. I was still holding on to hope that Tyler Christopher would return. Sorry, but he is the only Nikolas I acknowledge.

  20. aria

    November 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    here’s what I know, the actor now playing Nikolas, is 41yo in real life, Tyler Christopher is 46yo the awesome beautiful Genie Francis is 57yo, so now that we have those numbers, lets get real here, enough w/ the new actor is to young to be Nikolas, he’s not I don’t know how old the character of Nikolas is suppose to be but these are actors playing characters and more often then not the age of the character and the actors are off by 10years, I mean get real people, genie Francis is 57yo and she’s played the mother of an actor who was only 11years younger. and although I don’t have inside scoop of why Tyler Christopher is not w/ GH if you look at the actors history w/ the show its not hard to conclude that there’s a history of Tyler not always being very reliable, he’s left GH several times always under weird circumstances and look how abruptly he left dool. I’m not a fan of recast but sometimes they are necessary and in this case it just needed to happen for storyline sake. I’m willing to give the newby a chance, I mean did anyone see the shower scene, hello! I thought I would see his third leg in there, but no cigar. lol. I just beg gh for more shower scenes from now on.

    • Jeffrie

      November 2, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      So agree!!!!

  21. Satan

    November 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    So now we also have confirmation that Jax & Hayden knew that Fake Nik was alive. How exactly did that happen. Nik & Hayden didn’t exactly have an amicable end to their relationship, and there’s been bad blood between Nik & Jax since Spencer was born (and Jax thought he was the daddy for a while). Not exactly the most logical choice for him to choose for allies while he’s apparently hiding out in exile the last few years.

    How about his brother, Lucky? Hell, even Luke. True, he & Nik had their ups & downs, but I can’t imagine Luke would refuse to help Laura’s son (who saved Lulu’s life way back when)

    And for Hell’s sake do I even want to know why Fake Nik has anything to do with the drug dealing OLTL pet Cassandra whatsherface?

    Last but not least, how the HELL does he lie to his kid and let Spencer grow up without a father, thinking Val the Bastard has swindled him out of his inheritance?

  22. Susan

    November 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Wow Nicholas really had a lot of Botox…he’s about 20 years younger than he should be…seriously they couldn’t find and actor that was age appropriate?

    • Harry

      November 2, 2019 at 10:42 am

      What? The actor is forty one! Nikolas Cassadine would be in his early to mid thirties as he was born in the mid to late 80s.

      • rebecca1

        November 10, 2019 at 9:33 am

        Nicolas’s age changed several times by the character bio. He is about 41 on the show (same age as the new actor).

    • Andrew

      November 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Hmmm well, the character of Nicholas was born off screen in the early 80s following Luke and Laura’s on camera wedding in 1981. So if Nicholas is born in, let’s say, 1982, he should be 37. The actor is 41. Tyler was 46. So, actually the actor is much closer to Nicholas’ real age than has previously been portrayed. That always bugged me but Tyler was so good, I let it slide… but happy to have a more age appropriate actor in the role of Laura’s first born son.

  23. Jim H

    November 3, 2019 at 9:30 am

    The whole drama would who would be Nicholas! We all knew Nicholas was behind the mask! The big question was who would be Nicholas. I am OK with the cast change. I thought the new waa terrible but she is beginning to grow on me

  24. Violet Lemm2

    November 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    This new Nicolas is very good looking, but not age appropriate for Laura, as she would be only 15 when he was born, but I guess if they got someone any younger, he’d be too young for Ava who apparently likes the younger men. Actually she looked very good with Ryan/Kevin or someone Sonny or Julisn’s age, whom I think make her look younger and more vulnerable. We are silly with all this comparison stuff. It is what it is, like it or not!

  25. Sue Brown

    November 5, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Bring original nick back

  26. Remy

    November 5, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I’ll give him a chance. So far his scenes with Jax and Hayden have been on point, so that’s a great start.

    The real test will come when he has scenes with core actors such as Maura West. Will there be chemistry, will there be that mysterious lust of attraction? We shall see.

    The scenes he has with Gene will either make or break him. Will that son and mother bond be felt? Will it feel authentic?

    If it wasn’t Tyler, then i would’ve taken Nick Stabile in a heartbeat, this would’ve gave him a fair shot at the role as I was starting to warm up to his portrayal.

    Wishing Mr. Coloma good luck! So far, so good!

    • Satan

      November 5, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Maura West has nothing to do with the “core” of this show, and she had nothing to do with Nikolas. I think they had one scene together on an airplane, and then Real Nik was gone and replaced with that half-assed standin who lasted about a week.

      How FakeNik relates to Laura & Lulu is important, obviously. And Spencer, of course. And eventually Lucky…. because he’s gotta come back sometime. Hopefully NOT as another lame recast.

      • rebecca1

        November 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

        If Lucky ever comes back on contract he’ll definitely be a recast. An episode or two…MAYBE JJ would consider it. He’s very into his music and touring…doesn’t seem like he would ever return to a daytime soap unless he was older, stopped touring and needed the salary.

  27. Kimberly Sipe

    November 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    He’s cute BUT too young .for Ava. He looks like her son ! Not happy !!

  28. DMRR

    November 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Is #nunik trying to look older with the facial hair? He looks like a pre-teen experimenting with new facial hair. No thanks. Although, I’ll take him over Mr. Laura Wright any day of the week.

  29. Citigirl

    November 13, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Disappointed. Was expecting someone that at least appeared somewhat similar to the previous actor. Nicolas Cassadine is royalty. Tall, dark handsome and quite manly looking. I’m sorry but the replacement looks much much younger and slimmer. It’s as if they’ve introduced perhaps a younger brother? I was so excited to see character come back and now, I don’t even want to continue watching. This roll was definitely not well casted.

  30. Loretta

    December 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Looks and age aside he doesn’t present as mature as the Nicolas character is and actions seem to be more immature than Nicolas ever was and he definitely would have had more mature actions than this one has even when he was younger.

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