More casting news for Showtime’s 8-episode series “Penny Dreadful” has arrived with Billie Piper (“Dr. Who”) joining the cast to portray an Irish immigrant trying to escape a dark past. Yep, we’ve all been there.
Piper joins the previously announced Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, and Eva Green. Dalton will be playing African explorer “Sir Malcolm,” while Carney has snapped up Dorian Gray. Hartnett will play the role of “Ethan Chandler,” a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green will play “Vanessa Ives,” a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. Treadaway will stitch to life Victor Frankenstein. Juan Antonio Bayona will helm the first two episodes of the series.
“Penny Dreadful” is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call the Midwife). Bayona is an acclaimed and award-winning director, best known for his work on the hugely successful 2007 horror film The Orphanage and the 2012 Oscar contender The Impossible.
“Penny Dreadful” will begin filming in October and premiere on Showtime in spring 2014. Look for lots more soon!
In “Penny Dreadful” some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.
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