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Darius Campbell joins ABC 'Beauty and the Beast' pilot

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Darius Campbell has been cast as the lead in ABC's upcoming Beauty and the Beast.

According to Deadline, Campbell will play the 'Beast' role in the show, which is a modern-day retelling of the classic fairytale.

His character will be a mercenary bodyguard named Shiro, who falls in love with the princess he must protect.

Also starring in the pilot is Chris Egan, who plays the princess's fiancé Gorick.

The princess role has yet to be cast, though a rival CW Beauty and the Beast pilot has cast Kristin Kreuk in the lead role.

Campbell is most known for his work in the West End, starring in musicals like Chicago, in which he performed with America Ferrera, and for competing on UK reality shows Pop Idol and Popstars.

He recently married actress Natasha Henstridge, who joined the hit supernatural show The Secret Circle last year.

Watch Darius Campbell's video for 'Colourblind' below:


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