ravenswood casting change 'Ravenswood' casting: Elizabeth Whitson out as Olivia, Merritt Patterson takes over the roleNew ABC Family show “Ravenswood,” a spin-off of hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars,” has had a casting change. Elizabeth Whitson (above, right), originally cast to play Olivia, one half of a pair of brother-sister twins, is out of the show and Merritt Patterson (above, left), originally cast as Olivia’s former best friend Tess, has stepped into the role.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the “Ravenswood” executive producers say the change came about because of a shift in the character.

“As we dug deeper into the mythology of ‘Ravenswood’ we decided to
re-conceive the character of Olivia. Merritt Patterson seemed to be the
best choice for the direction the character is now headed,” reads the statement.

No one has yet been cast as the replacement of Patterson in the role of Tess. But we have to say — Patterson certainly looks more like the twin sister of Brett Dier, cast as Olivia’s brother Abel.

“Pretty Little Liars” just introduced the town of Ravenswood in its most recent epsiode. The creepy burg is not far from Rosewood, where “Liars” is set, and appears to be full of spooky characters. The show will officially debut as part of the annual “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween special.

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