TCA Summer 2013 Press Tour: Josh Hartnett and Eva Green to Star in Showtime's Penny Dreadful
In June we got word that Juan Antonio Bayona will helm the first two episodes of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," and now we have some casting news for the eight-episode series.
During the network's presentation for the Television Critics Association's Summer 2013 Press Tour, it was announced that Josh Hartnett and Eva Green are the first stars to sign on to the hotly-anticipated new psychosexual horror series.
Hartnett will play the role of "Ethan Chandler," a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, while Green will play "Vanessa Ives," a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger.
"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 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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