*Sean Patrick Thomas, best known for his roles in “Barbershop” and “Save the Last Dance,” has been cast in the CW drama pilot “The Selection,” The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project is described as an epic romance set 300 years in the future in which a poor young woman is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
Thomas will play Sylvan Santos, a close adviser to the current queen and an expert in royal etiquette who advises the participants in the competition.
The actor, whose recent small-screen credits also include episodes of the CW’s “Ringer” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” joins “Friday Night Lights” alum Aimee Teegarden and “10 Things I Hate About You’s” Ethan Peck in the project.
Teegarden plays a poor young woman who competes become the next queen. For his part, Peck will play the handsome and regal Prince Maxon, whom the girls are competing to marry.
Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Vampire Diaries’ Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain will write and executive produce the drama, which hails from Warner Bros. Television.