Pilot Scoop: AMC Casts Australian Actors in Revolutionary War Drama Turn

Turn pilotTwo up-and-coming Australian actors have been cast in AMC’s Revolutionary War-era drama pilot Turn, TVLine has learned.

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Meegan Warner will play Mary Woodhull, a mother who doesn’t want to see her young son grow up to be a soldier. She adamantly does not want to become involved in the war with England and hopes it will leave her family alone.

Daniel Henshall will play Caleb Brewster, a near-fearless former whaler who’s now a lieutenant in the Second Continental Artillery and  loves hand-to-hand combat. He’s eager to fight back against the oppressive British.

Turn, from Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring. It centers on New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who forms a group of spies with his pals in the summer of 1778. The gang winds up helping America greatly in its fight for independence.

Warner’s credits include the Australian TV series My Place and Rescue Special Ops, while Henshall has appeared in the Australian mini-series Devil’s Dust and the BBC’s Out of the Blue; he also co-starred in last year’s other Beauty and the Beast pilot at ABC.