17 July 2013 10:40 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood is making a major casting change ahead of filming its pilot next week.

Merritt Patterson (photo, left) will replace Elizabeth Whitson as one of the series’ leading ladies, Olivia, TVLine has confirmed. Patterson had previously been cast as Olivia’s best friend, but has since been bumped up due to “the direction the character is now headed.”

Whitson, as a result, will exit the project. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the recast.

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