William and Kate: Lifetime Brings Royal Romance to the Small Screen

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A souvenir picture frame on sale to mark the forthcoming wedding of Britain's Prince William and Catherine Middleton is seen at a shop in London, January 27, 2011. Prince William, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Diana, is to marry fiancee Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

From the network that brought you made-for-tv monstrosities including Natalee Holloway and From Homeless to Harvard, comes the love story of the future Mr. and Mrs. William Windsor.

William and Kate promises to tread over the same saccharine ground as the forthcoming comic book Kate & William: A Very Public Romance and last year’s offering from tabloid journalists at The Sun entitled William and Kate: A Royal Love Story. According to a statement from the movie’s makers, it “chronicles the history of William and Kate, from the moment the two students met at Scotland’s prestigious University of St. Andrews, through the ups and downs of their nine-year courtship.” It will also chart the complications created “by social and Royal Family pressures, and intense global media attention surrounding their storybook nuptials.”

(More on NewsFeed: From Working Girl to Royal Housewife: Kate Middleton Quits Her Day Job.)

Middle-aged housewives, who make up the bulk of Lifetime viewers, will struggle to recognize its star. Relatively unknown actor Nico Evers-Swindell has landed the part of the princely paramour. Prior to this, his biggest rolesĀ  included “Blond Russian #1” on an episode of the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles, and “State Trooper #2” in the Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness. British actor Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) will play Prince Charles. The role of Kate Middleton has not yet been cast, and filmmakers have not revealed who they’re considering (NewsFeed suggests Kate Bevan, Kate Middleton’s professional look-a-like).

In terms of costume, producers should consider purchasing the garish, see-through dress, now valued at $150,000, that Kate modeled to catch William’s eye back in college. And to capture the far-reaching consequences of the royal nuptial, they should also consider visiting Wales to see the scores of baby fish who might die as a result of making Kate’s wedding ring. (via The Press Association)

(More on NewsFeed: Royal Wedding Registry: Does Kate Middleton Want Charitable Donations Instead of a Blender?)