It looks like The CW has some serious confidence in the adaptability of debut author Kass Morgan's forthcoming YA sci-fi novel The 100.
Not only is the network already developing a new show around the as-yet-unreleased book series starter, being written and executive produced by Jason Rothenberg, but it's also already chosen two of its female leads. Per two new reports from Deadline, actresses Eliza Taylor and Marie Avgeropoulos have joined the show.
Taylor will portray Clarke, one of a hundred juvenile delinquents sent down from space to colonize earth a hundred years after the destruction of a nuclear war left humankind existing in spaceship cities. Meanwhile, Avgeropoulos will play a character named Octavia, described as an unlawfully-born child which grew up in captivity.
The synopsis for Morgan's book is as follows:
In the future, humans live in citylike spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland...before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust-and even love-again.
Upon acquiring the book last year, editor Harriet Bourton said, "I knew I was going to find it impossible to put The Hundred down from the very first paragraph. The world we are transported to is so vividly imagined and convincingly realised, and our view of this disturbing place is garnered from a truly remarkable case of young adults."
The 100 will hit shelves on Sept. 3 and is currently available for pre-ordering.
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