Pilot Scoop: Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell Takes His Turn, Cast as Lead in AMC Period Drama

Jamie Bell Turn Pilot AMCBilly Elliot is pirouetting his way to the small screen.

Jamie Bell has signed on to star in AMC’s Revolutionary War-era drama pilot Turn, TVLine has learned.

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From Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, the project is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring and centers on hard-working New York cabbage farmer Abraham Woodhull (Bell), 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.

As previously reported, Meegan Warner co-stars as Abraham’s wife Mary.

Bell followed up his breakthrough role in 2000′s Billy Elliot with mostly supporting parts in films such as Nicholas Nickleby, Deathwatch, Jumper and Jane Eyre. Turn marks his first major television gig.

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8 Comments
  1. Elyse says:

    sounds interesting. i’ll definitely check it out!

  2. Sam says:

    That picture is probably not getting his best side.

  3. SJ says:

    Maybe cut it with the punny headlines? I had to read that three times to actually get what you were going for…

  4. Cee says:

    Wow, AMC found something less sexy than rotting corpses. The Revolutionary War.

    That said, I do find Jamie Bell delightful. I will just have to resign myself to the breeches.

  5. Shaun says:

    Another period spy show?The Americans is basically this premise but more current.Spies and secret codes and such.

  6. MoreTears says:

    @Shaun — When the periods covered by two different period spy shows are two hundred years apart, they will inevitably be as different as night and day. Meanwhile, there are fourteen different cops shows, ten different doctor show, seven different lawyers shows… Complain about those.