Nikita's Shane West Joins WGN America's Witchy Original Drama Salem as Male Lead

Salem Shane WestShane West is trading spies for witches.

The actor will follow up his Nikita run with a starring role in WGN America’s first scripted drama series, the 17th century-set Salem.

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West will play the male lead, John Alden, a hardened veteran of 10 years of war and captivity at the hands of the Indians. He returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in witch hunt frenzy.

The cast also includes Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey) as sorceress Mary Sibley, Seth Gabel (Fringe, Arrow) as Cotton Mather, a local aristocrat who oversees the witch hunts, and Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) as Mary’s alluring and ageless right-hand woman. Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors) co-stars as the beautiful Anne Hale, a talented artist who is attracted to Alden, unaware of his history with Mary Sibley.

Additionally, West will be reunited with Nikita alum Xander Berkeley, who will recur as Magistrate Hale, a politician who believes in pomp and circumstance.

Nikita‘s final season premieres on Nov. 22 on The CW.

Salem, from Star Trek vet Brannon Braga, is scheduled to debut in Spring 2014.