#Reign Finds Its Queen Elizabeth in Rachel Skarsten

Things are about to heat up on Reign with the casting of Queen Elizabeth.

Rachel Skarsten has landed the role of Queen Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Also according to the site, the young queen will make her debut in the season two finale and be a series regular in Reign‘s previously-announced third season.

“The character of Elizabeth, Queen of England, the only living child of Henry VIII and the murdered Anne Boleyn, looms over Mary Queen of Scots for the duration of her life,” Reign exec producer Laurie McCarthy said. “Elizabeth has also, without ever stepping onto our stage, loomed over our first two seasons as a forceful and intriguing presence. I have been dying to introduce her to our characters and our audience. Because no single character understands Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) unique circumstances more. No character is more of a threat to her happiness and her life. Elizabeth’s debut in the season finale is a catalyst for events in season three, when Reign will chronicle the lives, loves and tribulations of three queens: Mary, Catherine (Megan Follows) and now Elizabeth.”

McCarthy also told THR that Elizabeth’s presence will be a significant one.

“With her introduction, our world expands: The stakes grow even more heightened as we travel to another court filled with the beauty of privilege, passion and intrigue,” McCarthy said. “The wait is over. Elizabeth is here. And I’m certain our audience will welcome her into the fold.”

Reign airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

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