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'The Mentalist' Star to Play Benedict Arnold on 'Turn' (Exclusive)
AMC's Revolutionary War drama has cast its Benedict Arnold.
The Mentalist's Owain Yeoman has boarded Turn as a series regular for season two, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Turn, based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies, hails from Nikita's Craig Silverstein and is executive produced by Barry Josephson. Set during the summer of 1778, the drama centers on a New York farmer named Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, a group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.
Yeoman will play Benedict Arnold, the general who, during the Revolutionary War, initially fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army.
The role marks Yeoman's first series regular role since he exited CBS' The Mentalist last year. The actor, who is recurring on CBS' Extant, will next be seen in Clint Eastwood's upcoming film American Sniper. He's repped by ICM Partners, ARG in the U.K., Think Tank and the Safran Co.
AMC renewed Turn for a second season in June. The series returns with 10 episodes at a yet-to-be announced date in 2015.