ABC's Beauty and the Beast Pilot Finds Its Beast

Of this pilot season’s two Beauty and the Beast projects, ABC’s has emerged as the first to cast its creature.

Scottish actor-singer Darius Campbell has landed the role of Shiro, a beastly bodyguard who forms an unlikely bond with a yet-to-be-cast embattled princess named Grace.

Previously for ABC’s Beast — which is described as a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale — Aussie actor Christopher Egan (Kings) was cast as Grace’s fiancé Gorrick.

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A relative newcomer to television acting (save for BBC’s Hotel Babylon), Campbell’s primary outlet to date has been West End stage musicals (including Chicago and Guys and Dolls) and singing (he’s a platinum-selling singer-songwriter). He also competed and reached the finals on the UK’s Pop Idol.

Interestingly, Egan also is no stranger to stage musicals, though there has been no indication that ABC’s Beast will have any musical element. I’m merely throwing that out there.

The CW also has a Beauty and the Beast pilot in the works this development season, though theirs is a reboot of the late-1980s TV series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. That B&B already found its beauty in Smallville alumna Kristin Kreuk.