UnReal star Nathalie Kelley has been tapped as the lead for The CW’s reboot of the hit 80s’ primetime soap Dynasty.
The young-skewing network is doing a modernized take on the original which featured the likes of John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Heather Locklear, Emma Samms, Diahann Carroll and others on the Aaron Spelling-produced classic.
In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.
Nathalie Kalley will play the role of Cristal, the soon-to-be wife of billionaire Blake Carrington (yet to be cast). Linda Evans played Krystle in the original series. The decision to make the main character a Latina is part of the show’s plan to feature a more diverse cast.
The new series follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortunes and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.
Kelley currently recurs on The Vampire Diaries‘ as Sybil, which will wrap its eight year run on the network this spring. Prior credits include a season one arc on Lifetime’s UnReal and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Dynasty is from Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (of The O.C. and Gossip Girl fame). Sallie Patrick (Revenge, Limitless) is writing the pilot with Schwartz and Savage, with the three serving as executive producers. Richard and Ester Shapiro, creators of the original series, are also involved. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce Dynasty with the creative trio, hailing from CBS Television Studios and Fake Empire.