EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has found the lead for Incorporated, its espionage thriller set in a dystopian future where companies have unlimited power. Sean Teale (Reign) will star as Ben Larson, a rising star in a mega-corporation called Chrysalis who is determined to climb the rickety, bloodstained ladder of success in order to find and rescue the woman he loves — and will tromp on anyone who gets in his way. The drama hails from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.

Created by David and Alex Pastor, who wrote and will direct the pilot, Incorporated is set in 2062, where climate change has ravaged the planet, ethical boundaries have been redrawn and American cities have become a tantalizing and terrifying mix of the luxurious and the medieval. It will explore the growing influence of corporations and private interests in Washington, the slow but steady dismantling of the public sector and the increase of an amazing amount of wealth by an ever-shrinking minority. Damon and Affleck are exec producing with showrunner Ted Humphrey and Jennifer Todd.

This is the first series lead role for Teale, a London native who played Conde on Season 2 of The CW’s Reign and Franco on the second season of Mr Selfridge. He also appeared in James McTeigue’s indie feature Survivor and Lifetime mini The Red Tent and got his start on the British series Skins. Teale is repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and Waring + McKenna.

Incorporated provides us distinct insight into a world dictated by our decisions today,” Damon and Affleck said in a statement when Syfy ordered the pilot in May. “Viewers will delve into the intricacies of our future — one that we are constantly warned of but as a society have not yet explored.”