As The CW's female-oriented entry into the historical fantasy genre, the drama pilot entitled Reign promises to chronicle the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots, portrayed by Australian actress Adelaide Kane. This week, British actor Toby Regbo landed the male lead as Mary's betrothed, Prince Francis.
Described as thoughtful and nervous about inheriting the throne, Francis is uneasy with the idea of an arranged marriage and engages in an affair.
Regbo, who has appeared in several British productions, had an uncredited role in 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as the young version of Albus Dumbledore. He has also been cast in the lead role of an independent film called Burden, based on a novel of the same title by Tony Walters, about a young man who struggles with feelings of guilt after surviving a car accident that takes the life of his cousin.
Written and executive produced by Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami), Reign details the arrival to France of 15-year-old Mary — along with her three best friends and ladies-in-waiting — and her untold history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Brad Silberling will direct the pilot from a script by Sengupta and McCarthy. In addition to feature films like Casper, Land of the Lost, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Silberling has a variety of TV shows on his resume, helming episodes of L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Felicity, and Doogie Howser, MD.
So far, Reign sounds more like an antique version of The Carrie Diaries than Game of Thrones. What do you think?