07/14/2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
's West Beverly High School has its first student.
Canadian native Dustin Milligan
will play Ethan, who is described as beautiful, likable and a star athlete, all valuable qualities in the elite, star-studded zip code, according to reps from the CW pilot.
Last month, the network fast-tracked a pilot for a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210
, the popular series about a group of kids living an upscale life. For 10 years starting in 1990, viewers watched the lives unfold for Brandon and Brenda Walsh, Kelly and Dylan and others.
While there is talk of someone from the original cast making an appearance (Tori Spelling
told PEOPLE she'd love to be a part of the remake
), Veronica Mars
creator Rob Thomas
, who penned the pilot, is bringing a whole new cast of characters to make Beverly Hills their playground.
Earlier, Thomas revealed
that the pilot's premise is about a former graduate of West Beverly who reluctantly returns from the Midwest, with his wife and two children, to become the next school's principal. The principal's mother is a former actress who is headed back to rehab.
So far, Milligan, 22, is the first official cast member. He has appeared in several television shows, but most recently appeared in an episode of the CW show Supernatural
. --Elaine Aradillas