Carter Jenkins (The Following) and Jesse Henderson (Finding Carter) have been tappped to star and Keith Powers (Faking It, Straight Outta Compton) and Niki Koss to co-star opposite Bella Thorne in the ABC Family pilot Famous In Love. The project, based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars.
Famous In Love centers on Paige (Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while uncovering the truth about what happened to a famous missing popstar.
Jenkins will play Rainer, an incredibly handsome hot young movie star, the son of a famous Hollywood power couple, who takes an immediate interest in Paige. Henderson plays Jake, a handsome, salt-of-the-earth college student and aspiring actor who is Paige’s very best friend. There is serious chemistry between Jake and Paige – but they try to ignore it because they don’t want romance to mess with their friendship. Jake can’t help but feel jealous when Paige hangs out with Rainer but he tries hard to keep it in check.
Powers plays Jordan, a sizzling hot actor, a real heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy who was Rainer’s ex-best friend, now his nemesis after moving in on Rainer’s girlfriend, Brittany. Also cast in the movie with Rainer and Paige, Jordan is enormously talented – and there’s chemistry between him and Paige. Koss is Alexis, one of Rainer’s old friends. Confident and entitled, Alexis is up for the same role as Paige. She’s Brittany’s best friend – and, like most people on the show, Alexis has a secret.
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Miguel Arteta is set to direct the pilot, which he will executive produce alongside King and Dan Farah. Serle co-executive produces the drama from Warner Horizon Television.
Henderson is repped by Greene & Associates and Luber Roklin; Jenkins is repped by Paradigm, In Momentum Talent Management, and Gang Tyre; Powers is repped by Henderson Represents, Luber Roklin and Greenberg Glusker. Koss is repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency, McKeon-Myones and Hirsch Wallerstein.
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