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Robbie Amell To Star In CW Pilot The Tomorrow People

Among the latest crop of casting news, Robbie Amell, who plays the sweet but not-so-bright D.B. on NBC's freshman comedy 1600 Penn, has been cast in the lead of The CW's The Tomorrow People, which comes from Phil Klemmer and follows a group of young people from across the globe who "represent the next stage of human evolution" and join forces to fight evil. Amell will play Stephen, "a tormented young man who longs to be normal and is relieved when he learns that he’s not crazy, but rather part of a group of genetically superior “Tomorrow People.”

It's particularly fitting that Robbie should star in this pilot, given the genre and network. If you're a fan of The CW's Arrow, you may have recognized Robbie's last name. Amell is the younger cousin to Arrow star Stephen Amell. If The Tomorrow People goes to series, that'll put both Amells in starring roles in genre shows at the network.

Deadline shared the casting news, but the site doesn't mention how his involvement in this drama would affect Amell's role on 1600 Penn. Playing the father of Becca's child (a.k.a. the future first grandchild), you'd think he'd be sticking around the show, regardless of whether or not he and Becca find lasting love amidst their unplanned pregnancy. It's possible D.B. was never intended to linger, or perhaps he'll be recast if 1600 Penn is renewed for a second season and The Tomorrow People moves forward. All we can do is speculate at this point. In the meantime, Amell's casting follows word that Aussie soap actor Luke Mitchell has also joined The Tomorrow People. If being extremely good-looking are their super powers, the forces of evil don't stand a chance.

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