Kings star Christopher Egan has landed the lead role in the ABC drama pilot Poe, Deadline reports. He will of course play Edgar Allen Poe in the offbeat crime procedural that reimagines the famed author as the world’s first detective investigating dark mysteries in 1840s Boston.
Legend of the Seeker actress Tabrett Bethell also has been cast as Sarah, Poe’s muse. The two join the previously cast Leslie Odom Jr. (CSI: Miami), who’ll play Dr. Julian “Jupiter” Noble, and Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean series), who’ll portray Commissioner Kyle Kilpatrick.
Outside of the short-lived Kings, the 26-year-old Egan is best known for his role on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. He was also a recurring guest star on Everwood.
Chris Hollier (Alias, Kyle XY) wrote the script for Poe, and will serve as supervising producer. Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The Departed) is executive producer.
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