USA Drama 'Damnation' Taps 'Ripper Street' Alum to Replace Aden Young

KILLIAN SCOTT  - Publicity - H 2016
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KILLIAN SCOTT  - Publicity - H 2016

USA's Damnation has found its new leading man.

Irish actor Killian Scott (Ripper Street) has signed on to star in the drama pilot in the role formerly belonging to Rectify star Aden Young, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Described as "an epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland," Damnation centers on the struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, and charlatans and prophets during the Depression. The pilot centers on Seth Davenport, a man pretending to be a small-town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner to stop the uprising by whatever means necessary. Unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past.

Scott will portray Davenport, a man with a violent past and a secret ambition to lead a revolution against American industrialists. He replaces Young, who abruptly exited the pilot days before production was set to begin on Monday. Scott began work on the show Tuesday.

The actor will star opposite Logan Marshall-Green (Quarry), who plays mercenary Creeley Turner. The cast also includes Sarah Jones (Alcatraz), Chasten Harmon (BrainDead), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) and Melinda Page Hamilton (Mad Men).

Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie will helm the Damnation pilot, which was written by Tony Tost (Longmire). Tost will executive produce with James Mangold (Walk the Line), Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Rappaport (Office Space). The project hails from Universal Cable Productions.

Scott's other credits include Call the Midwife and the Irish series Love/Hate, as well as the upcoming Michael Fassbender starrer Trespass Against Us. He is repped by Troika and Management 360.