The 2015 ABC pilot and Revenge spin-off, Kingmakers, taps into the world of the supernatural casting The Vampire Diaries actor, Michael Trevino (Tyler), The Originals‘ Colin Woodell (Aiden) and TVD alum Kendrick Sampson (Jesse). The ordered murder-mystery drama pilot comes from Revenge creator and producer, Sallie Patrick. She shared photos of both Woodell and Sampson on her Instagram and confirming their work on her new project. Patrick also shares photos of additional cast and crew members including, Adrian Pasdar, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Khary Payton, Tracey Fairaway, Megan West and James Strong, While Trevino’s name is included in the series official press release cast list from ABC. Take a look at the official show description and Patrick’s silly snap of Woodell and Sampson on set below.
Jacob Darlow has just transferred from Oxford to Braddock, an elite Ivy League University. He starts to ingratiate himself with the privileged students, professors, and alumni. Jacob has ambitions to become a member of Braddock’s secret society, Skull and Key.
Jacob strikes up a friendship with fellow rower and student, Max Walden. Max is definitely in the inner circle. His father, alumnus Adam Walden, is a Senator and considering a run for President. Max’s mother is Helen, the perfect politician’s wife.
A member of Skull and Key, and someone Jacob should get close to, is Vivian Vandemeer. Her father, Simon Vandemeer, is the Dean at Braddock and her mother, Maeve, a professor. Maeve used to date Senator Walden back in the day.
Vivian’s fellow student and lover, Taylor Collins, is an assistant to the Dean. The two keep their affair secret, like so many things on this campus.
Before Jacob came to Braddock, there was a murder of a freshman, scholarship student named Julia. The investigation into her death lead to Professor Radha Mittal (Parminder Nagra) who believes she was set up by Skull and Key to take the fall. Before being taken into custody, Radha contacted Julia’s brother, Eli, to help her prove her innocence.
Radha thinks that Julia lost her life because she found out something that would compromise the secret society. Radha cannot rely on the legal system or police to help her; Skull and Key is a powerful organization, not only on campus, but in the highest places across the country. She wants Eli to uncover the truth by going undercover at the school.
Eli agrees to help and takes on the persona of the pedigreed Brit, Jacob Darlow, our new transfer student. As he infiltrates his way into the inner circles, he’s poised and ready to expose whoever is responsible for the death of his sister.
“Kingmakers” is produced by ABC Studios and is written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick.
Cast include; Colm Feore, Tracey Fairaway, Khary Peyton, Parminder Nagra, Megan West, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Michael A. Trevino, Gus Halper and Adrian Pasdar.