It has been a bumpy road for the CW’s adaptation of Kiera Cass’ young adult novel, The Selection. The teen-centric network has already produced one pilot based on the book—which doesn’t hit shelves until March 26th—which apparently wasn’t up to snuff. So they went back to the drawing board. Now, after a search, take two has found its lead in the form of Israeli actress Yael Grobglas.
Deadline reports that Globus will play the role of America Singer, the young heroine of The Selection. Set 300 years in the future, the story follows America, a working-class girl, as she is selected via lottery to participate in something that sounds like a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelorette.
Plucked from obscurity, America and 25 other young women are taken to the royal palace, where they compete to win the hand of a handsome prince and become queen. Initially, she is skeptical and not interested in playing along—see, she has a secret love of her own lurking in the shadows—but once she finally meets the prince, she becomes more open to the idea.
Described as an epic romance, The Selection is one of a couple of ideas the CW has cooked up to dip into the lucrative Hunger Games market. This idea is noticeably less violent than the proposed Battle Royale adaptation that was bandied about at the network for a time.
The first pilot for The Selection starred Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) as America. She has subsequently been cast in another CW pilot, Oxygen, though Sean Patrick Thomas and Peta Sergeant, who appeared in the first go-round, both reprise their roles.