Cartoon Network populates 'History'

Cast assembled for live-action drama pilot

Cartoon Network has assembled the cast of its live-action drama pilot "Unnatural History," penned by feature writer Mike Werb ("The Mask")

Kevin G. Schmidt ("Princess Protection Program"), Jordan Gavaris ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Italia Ricci ("Greek") have been tapped to star in the Warner Horizon TV-produced project, which Emmy winner Mikael Salomon will direct.

"History" is an urban adventure series centered around Henry Griffin (Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills by traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. He faces his biggest challenge when he moves back to theU.S. to attend a high school stranger than any place he's lived.

Gavaris will play Jasper, Henry's cousin. Ricci will play Maggie, a classmate of Henry.

Production on the hourlong pilot is slated to begin this month in Toronto.

"History" is part of Cartoon Net's evolution from animated to live-action programming.