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

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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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Comments (8)

  • sounds interesting. i’ll definitely check it out!

    Comment by Elyse – February 25, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That picture is probably not getting his best side.

    Comment by Sam – February 25, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was such a cute child, but he was in “Jumper” and he just didn’t mature as well as you would expect. He is not ugly, just kind of goofy looking.

      Comment by David4 – February 25, 2013 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Err…he doesn’t have a best side.

      Comment by Saffron – February 25, 2013 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe cut it with the punny headlines? I had to read that three times to actually get what you were going for…

    Comment by SJ – February 25, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Cee – February 25, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another period spy show?The Americans is basically this premise but more current.Spies and secret codes and such.

    Comment by Shaun – February 25, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • @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.

    Comment by MoreTears – February 25, 2013 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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