A month ago Page to Premiere updated fans with the CW’s reorder of a new Pilot for The Selection. The Selection is set 300 years in the future, with the United States long gone and the kingdom of Illea rising in its place. Illea is ruled over by a monarchy, and its people are grouped into castes that they can only get out of by marriage. The story centers around a working class girl who gets picked for The Selection, a competition where 25 other girls get a chance to compete for the handsome Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. This is a dream come true for every girl, but for America Singer who is in love with a boy from her hometown, this is the farthest thing from a happy ending.
Kimmy West on the Pilot reorder:
The Selection by Kiera Cass was originally picked up by the CW, and a pilot was shot, but then shelved. According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s been reworked, and rewritten. The first pilot starred Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights & Prom), who is pictured above during shooting, but she is no longer attached – this second pilot will have a completely fresh cast.
Aimee Teegarden is not attached to the project, however some of the original cast from the first shoot is still on board.
The writers, Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, have reworked the Pilot script to the likings of the CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, the show now has a green light. With the beginning of Feburary brought Alex Graves who will direct as well as executive produce on the dystopian TV show. Graves directed the pilot for Fringe, 666 Park Avenue, and Fox’s Terra Nova.
Something that is a bit unusual for the CW, who films all their shows in North America, they have moved the show’s production to Hungary. So this means we might actually see the fictional royal family of Illea in an actual castle. Don’t get your hopes up too soon, since the only castle on TV right now is the Highclere Castle from Downton Abbey, and they have the lovely title of most expensive television show ever filmed just by using the magnificent fortress. However if the CW wants to dish out a hefty amount of cash for a historical castle, then I’m sure fans will not condem that choice.
So far only three of the original cast members from the now shelved Pilot are set to return to their former characters.
Thanks to CW’s The Selection for all our casting updates, we can confirm that Sean Patrick Thomas (Save The Last Dance) will reprise his role as Sylvan Santos, one of the closest confidants to the queen and an expert on all things royal.
The CW also brought back Peta Sergeant who will be playing Gaia Woods, the commander of the rebels working to overthrow the monarchy.
The last of the three actors set to return to their roles is Celia Massingham. She will play Celeste Newsome, one of the more privileged girls in the dystopian society and she knows it. In the book, Celeste is the main antagonist in the the group of girls “selected” to marry the prince.
Unfortunately the original leads did not make the cut for the reordered pilot, but the roles have now been replaced with some fresh faced actors. First up we have our prince!
Prince Maxon Schreave is the charming and self-serving son of the king and queen who are not pleased with his reckless behavior. He’s thrilled to have a group of young women competing for his affections and is intrigued by the feisty labor-class girl America. The Prince will be played by Michael Malarkey – who was born in Lebanon, raised in Ohio, and now resides in London where he is known for his theater work.
Next up is America Singer. With her red hair and fiery personality to go with it, America is a rule breaker and not afraid to shake things up a bit. Replacing Aimee Teegarden is Israeli actress Yael Grobglas – a newcomer to the U.S entertainment business. She only had two weeks to audition for this sought after roll, and now fans are interested to see what she has in store.
Finally making up the trio is Aspen Leger – America’s boyfriend from her hometown. They keep their relationship in the dark because of Aspen’s lower caste stature, but he is a hard working man who will do anything for the people he loves. Lucien Laviscount finishes up the love triangle in portraying Aspen – Laviscount is an actor from Britian and best known for his role in the television show Skins.
Kiera Cass’ will be releasing a sequel to The Selection on April 23, 2013 called The Elite. Today Cass’ e-novella The Prince: A Selection Novella is available only in e-format through Amazon, the Novella focuses on The Prince’s past love life before 35 girls were chosen to compete in The Selection.
Page to Premiere will continue to update the fans with all the happenings on the CW’s The Selection. If the network chooses to go with this version of the Pilot then we’ll have a chance to view the television show for the 2013 Fall season.
What are your thoughts on the recent castings? Are you excited that production is moving to Hungary?