Once Upon a Time's Eion Bailey Joins TNT Pilot

Eion BaileyNo lie — Once Upon a Time‘s Pinocchio has found a new gig.

Eion Bailey, who plays the fairytale character/August on the ABC series, has landed the male lead in TNT’s drama pilot Trooper, our sister site Deadline reports.

RELATED | Brendan Fraser Exits TNT Drama Pilot Legends

The project, from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI), stars Mira Sorvino as a recently divorced state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. Bailey will play her partner on the job, a widowed dad with a much more by-the-book approach to policing. (The role was originally played by Jay Hernandez when the pilot was in development at CBS last spring. The Eye network passed on the Warner Bros.-produced pilot, but TNT ordered a new incarnation in September.)

In addition to his recurring Once gig — he appeared as August in flashbacks in last Sunday’s episode — Bailey’s credits include Covert Affairs, ER and Band of Brothers.