4:00pm PT by Philiana Ng
British Actress Joins The CW's 'Selection' Drama Pilot
The Selection has cast another woman vying for Prince Maxon's hand in marriage.
British actress Sarah Winter, who next appears in a U.K. TV movie about Doctor Who's origins, has landed a co-starring role in The CW's retooled pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set 300 years in the future, the drama -- based on the book by Kiera Cass -- is an epic romance centering on a working-class young woman, America Singer (Israeli actress Yael Grobglas), chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for Prince Maxon's (Michael Malarkey) hand to become the nation's next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love and the kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.
Winter will play Ashley Brovillette, a naive young woman who is overjoyed to be chosen as one of the contestants for The Selection competition. Anthony Head, Lucien Laviscourt, Sean Patrick Thomas, Peta Sergeant and Celia Massingham will co-star.
The Vampire Diaries' Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain will pen and executive produce the Warner Bros. TV pilot, which will film in Budapest. Alex Graves will direct. This is the second go-around for The Selection, which drew a pilot order last season with a cast that included Aimee Teegarden and Ethan Peck.
Winter is repped by Olivia Bell Management and next stars in An Adventure in Space and Time.