Charlene McKenna (A.D.: The Bible Continues) has joined the cast of Lifetime’s drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Imagine TV, Allison Shearmur Prods., Fox 21 TV Studios and Lionsgate TV. Written by Maleficent scribe Linda Woolverton based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels, Clan Of The Cave Bear draws from the first book.

It takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopts blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady), a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud (Johnny Ward), who one day will be clan leader. McKenna will play Iza, Brun’s (Hal Ozsan) sister and the Clan’s medicine woman.

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo, Woolverton and Auel executive produce the pilot and Pierre Morel (Taken, The Gunman) will direct. McKenna is repped by Gersh, LINK, and Gordon and French in the UK.