12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Waterloo Road's' Lucien Laviscount Set as Aspen in CW's 'Selection'
The CW has cast a new Aspen in The Selection.
Lucien Laviscount has been tapped to play America's new leading man in the network's rebooted pilot The Selection, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set 300 years in the future, the drama is an epic romance centering on a young working-class woman named America Singer (Israeli actress Yael Grobglas) chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince Maxon's (newcomer 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. It's based on the book by Kiera Cass.
Laviscount will play Aspen Leger, a handsome and brave man from the servant class who is having a secret and illegal relationship with America (Grobglas). He takes over the role played by William Moseley in the first incarnation of the pilot. Sean Patrick Thomas and Peta Sergeant will reprise their roles in the retooled Selection pilot, which will also feature Celia Massingham.
The Vampire Diaries' Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain will pen and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television pilot, which will film in Budapest; Alex Graves will direct.
Best known for his role as Jonah Kirby on the BBC One drama Waterloo Road, Laviscount is an actor-singer who recently released his debut single "Dance With You." His credits include Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother 2011, where he finished fifth; Coronation Street, Grange Hill and Skins. Selection marks his U.S. television debut. He's repped by Waring and McKenna and Industry Entertainment.