The CW’s 24th century action-drama has found three of its leads.
Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and 10 Things I Hate About You‘s Ethan Peck have been cast as the leads for The CW’s futuristic series, The Selection.
Selection, from Warner Bros. TV and helmed by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries,The Secret Circle), described as “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor,” centers on an epic romance set 300 years into the future during the 24th century and is based on a series of books by Kiera Cass. Craft and Fain will write and executive produce.
Teegarden plays America Singer, a poor young woman who is forced to compete in a competition to become the queen of a war-torn nation. For America, her selection is a nightmare, forcing her to give up her hidden relationship with Aspen, her lover from a lower caste. Why would America want a crown that places her in direct danger?
Peck, the 25-year old grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, will play Prince Maxon, the handsome and regal man whom the girls are competing to marry. America’s attitude towards the Selection changes once she meets Prince Maxon. Will she abandon her life plans for a chance at a new love?
Sean Patrick Thomas, known for his roles films Save the Last Dance and Barbershop, has also been cast in the series. According to THR, Thomas will play Sylvan Santos, “a close advisor to the current queen and expert in royal etiquette who advises the participants in the competition.” Thomas recently appeared in two episodes of The CW’s Ringer.
My POV: I wasn’t too keen on this series when we reported on this back in January, but I can honestly say I’m intrigued. Peck and Teegarden are fantastic actors who will hopefully have the chemistry needed to pull off their roles. Thomas is a brilliant actor, and the diverse casting gets a thumbs up from me. The CW has a lot of great shows in development for next season, it will be hard to pick which ones get greenlighted for a full season. I’m hoping CW prexy Mark Pedowtiz rotates the schedule, making room for most if not all of the nine series in development.