CW Pilot ‘The Selection’ Casts Aspen, ‘Reign’ Finds Its Queen

In his first pilot season in the U.S., young British actor Lucien Laviscount (Skins) has landed one of the male leads in the CW reboot of The Selection after arriving in Los Angeles less than three weeks ago. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on America Singer (Yael Grobglas), a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Laviscount, repped by Industry Entertainment, Waring and McKenna in the UK and attorney Adam Kaller, will play Aspen Leger, a handsome/brave young man from the servant class who is having a secret, illegal relationship with America. The role was played by fellow Brit William Moseley last season. Laviscount first got in pilot action last year when he auditioned via tape from Britain, landing a co-starring role in NBC’s Midseason Sun.

The CW also has made a key addition to its other royal pilot, Reign, from CBS TV Studios, with the casting of Megan Follows (Anne Of Green Gables). It chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and with her best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Follows, repped by Greene & Assoc. and manager Perry Zimel, will play Queen Catherine, the Queen Consort of France, who is willing to do anything to maintain her own standing and power at Court, as well as that of her children. She will next be seen in the mini-series World Without End.

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