The leads have been cast already, but now filling out the ensemble are Queen Amberly, King Clarkson, and a surprising addition that diverges from the book. That's right--Maxon has a brother! Continue reading for more details!
We'll start with the most shocking news! According to Deadline, there will be another prince in the royal palace. Ben Aldridge will play Prince Rafe Shreave, Maxon's brother. He's described as "the younger brother of Prince Maxon (Michael Malarkey) who loves his country and takes his leadership role seriously — but he does have a secret."
Remember, this TV Prince Maxon will be an arrogant character. Nothing like the book. But Rafe is too young to go into the Selection this time around. I wonder if the writers chose to add him for possibly a second Selection in the future?
The King & Queen have also been cast. Anthony Head, Buffy-alum and the King from BCC's Merlin has been cast as King Clarkson. This is the first casting choice that has been from an established actor, and it might be my favorite!
Queen Amberly will be played by Louise Lombard, who's most notable role is in CSI. Again, like this casting a lot. Though I wonder if this character will get a change up in personality. In the books she's actually quite nice, but evil Queens are usually what TV gives us.
And if you think that Kiera Cass has influence in the TV pilot, then think again. She took to twitter to explain:
No. Authors rarely have any say in the film versions of their books. Sorry. RT @theselectionph are u supervising the new pilot? or?
— Kiera Cass (@kieracass) March 12, 2013
So the change-ups are definitely not her idea. Another surprise (besides the personality changes and character additions) is the fact that they scaled up the ages quite a bit. It looks like they're going for an older brand rather than marketing towards teenagers. Hey, it may just work! Or...this could never make it to prime time.
Here's who's been cast so far:
America Singer - Yael Grobglas
Prince Maxon - Michael Malarkey
Aspen - Lucien Laviscount
Celeste - Celia Massingham
Sylvan Santos - Sean Patrick Thomas
Gaia - Peta Sergeant
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Liking the changes? What do you think of Maxon's brother? Like the casting so far? Sound off below!