Here we are again with some new casting news. Last summer I read the enchanting dystopian fairy-tale, The Selection. Written by Kiera Cass, the novel was part ‘Hunger Games,’ part ABC’s The Bachelor and yet, had a much better way of connecting with the reader. It told of a frightening prospect yet did so in a compelling way. Kiera Cass has also stated that she drew inspiration from the Biblical story of Esther which I did not think of while reading yet can see shades of when thinking back. Now, the CW is trying to bring the book to the small screen.
Last year, a pilot was shot that never made to our television screens. With the re-shoot, came new actors and also a new direction with the script. Here is what Kiera Cass and the fansite has reported: Kiera Cass the author of the young adults novels the CW’s “The Selection” pilot is based on has confirmed the CW is taking a completely different direction with ‘The Selection 2.0,’ targeting a mature audience this time around, the cast is significantly older than their characters in the books… and the characters are very different, harder and darker than their book versions.
This leaves me a bit leery to be honest. But I am willing to still keep an open mind and am excited to see what is to come – especially when the promos start showing up. This still isn’t a done deal as far as I know, however here is the new cast.Casting Scoop: The Selection #FWarchives Click To Tweet
- Yael Grobglas is set to play the lead, America Singer. I’ll confess that I am not thrilled with her “look” for the character of America. Previously cast was Aimee Teegarden of FNL fame. Surprisingly I think she would have been spectacular. She’s matured in her looks and was rocking the red hair she adopted for the role.
Yael’s leading men are newcomers Lucien Laviscount playing Maxon and Michael Malarkey as Aspen. Maxon was previously to be played by William Mosley (hello!!? How did he get dropped!?) and Ethan Peck as Maxon. Also in the cast is Louise Lombard and Anthony Head (Merlin).
Are you a fan of this book? What is your take on these picks? Share your thoughts.