Following the recent news that Freema Agyeman will star in a US pilot of a Sex And The City prequel, it has now been announced that John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood) has been cast in the lead role of a new US drama pilot.
Barrowman will fill the role of Julius Ashford Lily in the ABC pilot Gilded Lilys, a new period-set drama. His character is “the charming son of the central family in the show, which tells the story of the opening of the first ever luxury hotel in New York City.”
The creator of Gilded Lilys, Shonda Rhimes (best known as the creator of Grey’s Anatomy), who will also act as executive producer alongside her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers, while one of the contributing writers is believed to be KJ Steinberg (writer of US show Gossip Girl).
Other actors confirmed to be co-starring alongside John Barrowman in the ABC pilot include: Blythe Danner (Paul, Meets the Parents, Nurse Jackie) and Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, The Spiderwick Chronicles), as well as Brian O’Byrne, Matt Lauria, Matt Long, Brigid Brannagh, Maury Sterling and Madeline Zima.
Gilded Lilys begins filming soon and will broadcast later this year.