Anthony Head Selected For Selection

Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Merlin) is heading back across the pond for another stab at Stateside sci-fi. According to TVLine, he has been cast in the pilot for the CW’s The Selection, a show which seems unashamedly riding on the success of The Hunger Games.

Developed by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries, and sensible enough to jump ship from The Secret Circle early enough not to take the blame), The Selection is set 300 years in the future and is about a working class woman (played by Israeli actress Yael Grobglas) chosen by lottery to participate in a competition for the Prince’s (Michael Malarkey) hand to become the nation’s next queen.

Head will be playing King Clarkson, the royal family’s patriarch. Well, we know he’s good at kings. But if the series gets picked up, what is Radio 4 going to do when they need someone to play a middle-class, middle-aged man?