James Van Der Beek for One Tree Hill

James Van Der Beek is to guest star on hit US TV show One Tree Hill.

The 31-year-old actor – who shot to fame starring as Dawson Leery in TV series Dawson’s Creek, which ran from 1998 to 2003 – will play a director interested in making a movie from a book written by lead character Lucas Scott, played by Chad Michael Murray.

Executive producer Mark Schwann revealed he asked James to appear on the show because of the link between the two programmes.

Dawson’s Creek was filmed on the same location that One Tree Hill is currently housed, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mark said: “The spectre of Dawson’s Creek is always around us. One Tree Hill is about to complete 128 episodes, which is what Dawson’s Creek did. So I thought it would be cool to get James.”

Since Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003, James has starred in movies including Eye of the Beast and Varsity Blues. He has also appeared in US TV shows Ugly Betty and Criminal Minds.