E! Orders Royals Scripted Drama From One Tree Hill Creator Mark Schwahn

The Royals Pilot Cast Elizabeth HurleyStep aside, William and Kate.

E! has given a series pickup to its first scripted drama, The Royals, starring Elizabeth Hurley (Gossip Girl), our sister site Deadline reports.

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From One Tree Hill executive producers Mark Schwahn — who also wrote and directed the pilot — Brian Robbins and Joe Davola, the Hamlet-esque show follows a fictional British Royal family in modern-day London.

The series stars Hurley as Queen Helena, who comes into conflict with her head of security’s daughter (played by Ravenswood‘s Haley Lu Richardson) when the young woman begins a secret romance with Prince Liam (William Moseley, The Chronicles of Narnia films).

The cast also includes Vincent Regan (Strike Back), Alexandra Park (Home and Away), Tom Austen (The Borgias), Jake Maskall (EastEnders), Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn (the UK’s Mistresses).

The Royals will film in Great Britain and is slated to premiere on E! in 2015.