EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime’s original movie William & Kate, about the modern-day fairytale romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton, now has both of its leads locked in. Young British actress Camilla Luddington, who was born in the same county as Middleton, Berkshire, has landed the role of the princess-to-be. She will star opposite Nico Evers-Swindell, previously cast as Prince William, and Ben Cross as his father, Prince Charles. The movie, whose production is expected to begin next week, has been fast-tracked to premiere around William and Kate’s April 29 Royal Wedding. Luddington, who next appears in the Hallmark movie Accidentally In Love, is with Main Title and Progressive Artists. UPDATE: Also cast in the movie are Australian actor Jonathan Moore and Brit Richard Reid as William’s friends Frederick Sellers and Guy Pelly, respectively. Moore is with Michael Greene & Assoc. and Management 360; Reid with Kritzer, Levine, Wilkins Griffin.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s November engagement has triggered a slew of magazine stories, biographies and TV specials. Now Lifetime is jumping on the Royal Wedding bandwagon with William & Kate, an original movie about the young couple and their modern-day fairytale romance. Nico Evers-Swindell (Edge of Darkness) has been cast as Prince William and Ben Cross (Star Trek) as his father, Prince Charles, in the movie, which has been fast-tracked to premierearound William and Kate’s April 29 wedding. (The role of Kate is yet to be cast.) Production is expected to be begin on Feb. 10.
William & Kate chronicles the relationship between Prince William, second in line to the throne of the British monarchy, and Kate Middleton, the stunning daughter of upper middle-class commoners, from the moment the two met at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, through the ups and downs of their nine-year courtship complicated by social and Royal Family pressures, and the intense global media attention surrounding their upcoming storybook nuptials. The film will be produced by The Konigsberg Co., with Frank Konigsberg (Lifetime’s Sex & Lies in Sin City) serving as executive producer. Mark Rosman (Ghost Whisperer) will direct from a screenplay by Nancey Silvers (Lifetime’s Sundays at Tiffany’s). Evers-Swindell is with Fortitude and Authentic.