The potential series follows Frank Agnew, a cop whose life is turned upside down when he helps to kill a fellow police officer.
James has signed up for an unknown role in the project, which is based on the 2006 UK drama of the same name, TVLine reports.
Mark Strong - who played Agnew in the original - will reprise his role for AMC's adaptation, with the action being transposed from Edinburgh to Detroit.
Fellow British actor James recently starred in BBC cop thriller Line of Duty and is best known to US audiences for his roles on The Walking Dead and Jericho.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Castle), Athena Karkanis (Saw IV) and James Ransone (Inside Man) will also star in the Low Winter Sun pilot, which will be written and exec produced by Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds).
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Watch a trailer for the UK version of Low Winter Sun below: