Torrance Coombs is segueing from one soapy costume drama set in 16th century Western Europe to another. The Reign co-star has been cast in Still Star-Crossed, ABC’s Romeo & Juliet sequel drama pilot from Shondaland. Also cast in the project, written by Heather Mitchell, are Wade Briggs (Home and Away), who has landed the male lead after a global search, and Ebonée Noel.
Coombs, who plays one of the leads, Sabastian “Bash”, in Reign, will depart the series after the current third season as a regular but may come back as a guest star for a few episodes should the drama is renewed for a fourth season.
Based on the book by Melinda Taub, Still Star-Crossed is set in 16th century Verona and picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off. It charts the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
Canadian-born Coombs will play the handsome Count Paris, “your basic Prince Charming.” The Count of Mantua, he is betrothed to marry to Juliet, a woman he’s never met, but as a respectable young nobleman well-versed in the art of romantic chivalry, he is greatly saddened when she dies though there is hidden darkness to him. I hear Coombs’ deal is for one year.
Australian actor Briggs plays Lord Montague’s nephew, the dangerous and handsome Benvolio Montague who truly believes that no good will come of mixing Montague and Capulet blood. As bad as we think he is at first, we fall in love with him later.
Newcomer Noel will play Livia, protagonist Rosaline’s sister. She is a stunning beauty in a more conventional way than her sister, but not as smart.
Mitchell is executive producing with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers as well as The MrG Production Co.’s Michael R. Goldstein. ABC Studios is the studio.
Coombs, who will next be seen in Parkside Pictures’ The Last Heist, is repped by D2 Management and King Talent. Noel is repped by Door 24 and Gersh.