MTV has found their leading man for the network’s new fantasy drama adaptation of Terry Brooks‘ Shannara, The Carrie Diaries’ Austin Butler.
Written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, the story focuses on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures shape the future of the world. The setting takes place in modern times, thousands of years after the destruction of civilization. The first season will use The Elfstones of Shannara, the second novel in the series, as source material.
Butler will star as protagonist Wil Ohmsford, a half human and half elf whose self-consciousness about his elven appearance. The character is described as easygoing, kind, thoughtful and likeable. His world is turned upside down when he learns he’s the last remaining member of the legendary Shannara family. He sets out to find his mentor, a druid who will guide him on the path during his heroic journey.
Joining Butler is Poppy Drayton (When Calls the Heart), who’ll play elven princess Amberle, an “agile, fit and capable” hero who’s the first woman accepted to be one of the Chosen, a special group of Elves responsible for the protection and care of the ancient Ellcrys tree. Amberle’s adventure is different than the others, as her dangerous journey will take her down a different path. Aussie soap star Aaron Jakubenko (Neighbours, Spartacus) will play her uncle Ander, an elven prince with a party boy reputation.
Butler currently has a recurring role on The CW’s Arrow as a love interest for Thea. He is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. The actor’s additional credits include Life Unexpected and Switched at Birth.