September 14, 2012 5:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Finder's' Maddie Hasson, 'Prom's' Kylie Bunbury to Star in Gavin Polone's ABC Family Pilot (Exclusive)
ABC Family has found two friends for an alleged murderer.
The Finder's Maddie Hasson and Prom's Kylie Bunbury have been tapped to co-star in the network's Gavin Polone drama pilot Socio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Socio revolves around Danny, a charismatic 16-year-old alleged sociopath who reconnects with his two childhood best friends when he returns to his hometown to attend high school. However, once he arrives, he finds himself the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered.
Hasson will play Jo, an offbeat and tough yet vulnerable girl who was Danny's childhood friend who, after discovering the body of his slain aunt shortly after she was murdered, became a social outcast. She becomes his biggest supporter even after he faces new allegations.
Bunbury, meanwhile, will portray Lacey, a former tomboy and once Jo and Danny's best friend, she has found the popularity that eluded Jo by putting the past behind her -- including ditching her former friend.
Polone, whose Jane By Design was canceled at the network after one season, will executive produce with Greek's Adam Milch on board to pen the script and co-exec produce.
Hasson, who played Willa on Fox's short-lived Bones spinoff The Finder, is repped by Coast to Cost Talent Group, STW Talent and the Beddingfield Co.; Bunbury whose credits also include The Sitter, is with ICM Partners and Principal Entertainment.
Socio is one of two pilots the network picked up in August and should it go to series, it would join a lineup that includes Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, among others.