Burn Gorman, who appeared on BBC One's Torchwood as medical officer/field agent Owen, is joining AMC's newest drama pilot, titled Turn.
The series is set during the summer of 1778 and the Culper Ring, a group of spies who worked to defeat the British during the American Revolutionary War. The series is based on Alexander Rose's "Washington's Spies," book.
Gorman will play Hewlett, a British major who is stationed in the colonies and billeted at the house of Magistrate Richard Woodhull. Richard's son Abe is the founder of the Culper's and comes into conflict with Hewlett, an upstanding citizen who believes in upholding the law. Obviously a law-abiding Brit and a revolutionary anarchist who has no problem spying are going to not see eye-to-eye.
The project is being developed by Craig Silverstein, who worked on La Femme Nikita. Silverstein will be writing the pilot, with Barry Josephson executive producing it through his Josephson Entertainment label.
Other cast members announced include Meegan Warner as Abe's wife Mary and Daniel Henshall as Caleb, a lieutenant in the 2nd Continental Artillery.
In addition to Torchwood, Gorman has appeared in Spies of Warsaw and The Hour, and will appear soon in Revenge.
I am not going to lie - I am all in on this. I love historical fictional programs like this and the Culper's are fascinating. I hope this makes it.