The Selection Casts a New Character Who Doesn’t Appear in the Book

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Ben Aldridge - The Selection Casts a New Character Who Doesn't Appear in the BookMore casting news has come in for The CW’s pilot “The Selection,” and it sounds like they are diverging from the source material a bit by adding an entirely new character. Read on for the details.

Deadline broke the news that British actor Ben Aldridge (“Lark Rise to Candleford,” “The Bible”) will play Prince Rafe, the younger brother of Prince Maxon (Michael Malarkey), who loves his country and takes his leadership role seriously — but has a secret. What’s interesting is that, as MTV pointed out, in Kiera Cass’ dystopian novel, upon which the potential series is based, Prince Maxon is an only child.

“The Selection” is set 300 years in the future and is about 35 working-class young women who are chosen via a lottery to participate in a competition for the Royal Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage, which would make the winner the new queen, all while a growing rebellion threatens to crush the crown.

The pilot was (re)written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain; Warner Brothers is producing.

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