‘Downton Abbey’ hottie Theo James replaces Ryan Phillippe in CBS drama pilot ‘Golden Boy’.

James, an English actor who played David in ‘Underworld: Awakening’ as well as Lady Mary’s Turkish one-night stand gone bad on ‘Downton Abbey’, has replaced Phillippe as the star of CBS new drama.

He’ll play the lead role of Walter William Clark, a young, ambitious police officer who rises quickly within the department — maybe too quickly — after breaking up a major drug ring and becoming a hero. Phillippe was originally cast in the role but dropped out after getting cold feet due to his concerns about committing to a network drama series.

Phillippe’s departure apparently prompted a lengthy auditioning process until James was cast in the role.

James joins an ensemble that also includes True Blood‘s Kevin Alejandro.

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He’s 27.

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'Downton Abbey' hottie Theo James replaces Ryan Phillippe in CBS drama pilot 'Golden Boy'. James, an English actor who played David in 'Underworld: Awakening' as well as Lady Mary’s Turkish one-night stand gone bad on 'Downton Abbey', has replaced Phillippe as the star of CBS new drama. He’ll play the...