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Exclusive: AMC's Period Drama Turn Elects Dawson's Creek Alum to Play George Washington

Ian Kahn TurnYour grandfather’s George Washington, he isn’t.

Ian Kahn (aka Danny from Dawson’s Creek) is joining AMC’s Revolutionary War-era spy thriller Turn as a pre-POTUS George Washington, TVLine has learned exclusively.

From Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, Turn 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 (Billy Elliot‘s Jamie 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.

A General in the Continental Army at the time Turn takes place, Kahn’s Washington is a smart, self-conscious, self-aware leader who is always striving for self-improvement and perfection. He is insecure about how people perceive him and has an intense fear of failure. He takes every opportunity, especially when entering towns, to ride atop a horse wearing his hat to give the picture of a confident General.

Kahn, whose recent TV credits include Bones and Parenthood, will recur throughout Season 1 and has an option to be a series regular in Season 2.

Turn is set to premiere Sunday, April 6 at 9 pm. Scroll down for a sneak peek.