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Leonor Varela, Martin Donovan join The CW's 'The Selection' pilot

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Leonor Varela and Martin Donovan are the latest stars to sign up for The CW's pilot The Selection.

The drama, based on an upcoming book series by Kiera Cass, is set 300 years in the future.

Actress Leonor Varela

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Martin Donovan

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It focuses on a poor young woman, played by Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden, who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to marry Prince Maxon (Ethan Peck).

Verala and Donovan have now signed up to play Maxon's parents, Queen Amberly and King Clarkson, Deadline says.

Verala has previously had parts in Arrested Development and Human Target, and will appear in TNT's new season of Dallas.

Meanwhile, Donovan has starred in shows such as Weeds, Wonderland, Ghost Whisperer and, more recently, Boss and The Firm.

The Selection will also feature Save The Last Dance star Sean Patrick Thomas as an adviser to the queen.
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