Lifetime has fast-tracked the TV movie William & Kate, which will star Nico Evers-Swindell (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Prince William, now second in line to the British throne. The role of Kate has not yet been cast.
William & Kate will chronicle the love affair between the mismatched couple (he's royalty, she's the daughter of upper middle-class commoners), including their recent engagement and this spring's highly anticipated Royal Wedding. The two-hour project will also star Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) as Prince Charles.
According to Lifetime, the film will begin with the moment that William and Kate 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 intense global media attention surrounding their storybook nuptials." Nancey Silvers (Girl, Positive) wrote the screenplay, while Mark Rosman (Greek) will direct and Frank Konigsberg (Lifetime's Sex and Lies in Sin City) is executive producer. The movie is scheduled to start shooting in early February.
Lifetime has gone to the Royal Family well several times in recent years, including 2007's controversial The Murder of Princess Diana, a fictional account of her death. Prince William is also no stranger to TV movies: The 2002 film Prince William, which starred Jordan Frieda in the title role, aired on ABC (and later repeated on Lifetime, which ABC partly owns).
Meanwhile, Lifetime has been a big fan of ripped-from-the-headlines movies in recent years. The cable network is turning the story of accused killer Amanda Knox into a film starring Hayden Panettiere (set to air Feb. 21), while the channel earlier this month ran an original move based on the story of the so-called "Craigslist Killer."
William & Kate will surely be a bit more upbeat that those two films. The real-life William and Kate are scheduled to get married on April 29 — keep that day free.