Theo James replaces Ryan Phillippe in TV pilot
‘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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