February 25, 2013 3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Delirium' Finds Co-Lead in 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' Star
Fox has found its young male lead for Delirium.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Daren Kagasoff has landed the male lead opposite Emma Roberts in the network's adaptation of the books by Lauren Oliver, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The books depict a world in which love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway (Roberts) does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
Kagasoff will play Alex, the object of Lena's affections. He's a uniformed police officer who on the surface appears tough, smug and a rigid enforcer of the government's rules. Underneath, he's a man with a secret agenda: He's a member of an anti-government group led by Lawrence Tack, one that is infiltrating the most oppressive elements of society while hiding the fact that he still has a mind of his own. A vehement opponent of the government's plan to eradicate love, Alex finds himself intensely attracted to Lena. To explore a future together, he must protect her from receiving the government's curative procedure and convert her to his cause.
Prison Break's Karyn Usher will pen the pilot and executive produce the 20th Television entry alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paul Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan. The Killing's Billy Campbell will play Thomas Fineman, a conservative political leader who opposed the social chaos caused by "delria" and supports the use of brain modification that prevents citizens from falling in love.
Kagasoff, repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management, plays Ricky Underwood in ABC Family's recently canceled Secret Life, which ends its five-season run in June.