Royal wedding grips U.S. TV, but who to play Kate?

Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:32pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The romance between Britain's Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton is getting the TV movie treatment as celebrity-hungry U.S. media gears up for the royal nuptials in London on April 29.

But an actress is still being sought to play Middleton in female-oriented Lifetime television's movie "William & Kate", which is due to start production in Los Angeles in two weeks time.

William, 28, second in line to the British throne, will be played by little-known New Zealand actor Nico Evers-Swindell, whose credits include small parts in the TV crime shows "Law & Order" and "NCIS:Los Angeles."

Lifetime said British actor Ben Cross, best known for his role in the 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire" would play Prince Charles. But no one has yet been cast to play 29 year-old Middleton.

The TV movie will tell the story of the couple's friendship and later romance while students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the social and media pressure surrounding their relationship, Lifetime said.

"William & Kate" will be aired ahead of the April 29 wedding, and is one of a slew of specials planned in the United States where royal wedding fever is already high.

ABC News last week launched a "Royal Wedding Guest Book" on its website, where well-wishers can post messages to William and Kate. More than 900 messages have been posted so far.

Briton Piers Morgan, who recently launched his own nightly talk show on CNN, is planning to broadcast live from London the week before the wedding.   Continued...