Penny Dreadful is returning to Showtime next year, as the gothic horror series leaves Victorian England behind and flashes forward to 1930s Los Angeles for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Original Penny Dreadful actor Rory Kinnear, who played Frankenstein’s Monster in the original series, is returning for City of Angels. Showtime has announced that Kinnear is playing the series regular role of Dr. Peter Craft. Craft is a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe.
This means he will probably not be playing the role of the Monster from the original series, which sheds doubt on this version of the show being explicitly tied into the original series. Although perhaps like American Horror Story, actors could play multiple roles, so all hope is not lost yet for you devoted Dreadfuls out there.
In a statement, series creator John Logan said “It’s no secret that Rory is one of my favorite actors on the planet, and working with him in the original series was inspiring. So much so that I wrote this part for him, and I’m thrilled he’ll be joining us in the City of Angels.”
The original version of Penny Dreadful, which ran for three seasons from 2014-2016, was creator John Logan’s epic tale of gothic horror icons, all reimagined as living in the same time and place in Victorian England. The first series boasted amazing performances from Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Billie Piper.
When the series ended rather abruptly in 2016, supposedly per John Logan’s own choice, fans wondered if we’d ever get quite the same concoction of sumptuous, well written horror drama from these same creatives ever again. Then late in 2018, word came down that a new iteration of Penny Dreadful was on its way, one that sounds just as exciting as the first.
What Is The Show About?
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will be set nearly forty years after the original series, and instead of in Victorian London, we’ll be in Hollywood, during the Golden Age of the 1930s. According to the official description, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.
Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within its historical backdrop.
When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Who Is Starring?
The first big name added to the cast is former Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer. According to Deadline, Dormer will play a woman named Magda, a demon who can assume the appearance of whomever she so chooses, and has appeared throughout history in several different guises and manifests in a number of forms throughout the story. This role seems like a perfect fit for the former Marjory Tyrell.
Also starring is Fear the Walking Dead and Don’t Breathe actor Daniel Zovatto, who is playing the show’s male lead Tiago Vega, who is the LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective, a character that will grapple with issues of racism, childhood trauma, and religion in 1930s California. The Purge alums Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves will play the younger Vega siblings.
Nathan Lane is also joining the cast of the newest iteration of Penny Dreadful, according to a report in Deadline. The actor, known for his roles in Broadway shows like The Producers, TV series like The Good Wife and films such as The Lion King, will be playing the part of Lewis Michener in City of Angels. He’s described as “a veteran officer in the LAPD, wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in pursuit of his goals,” Lewis becomes the partner and mentor to the series’ lead character, Tiago Vega.
Will City of Angels Tie-In To The First Series?
Right now, it’s unknown if this is just a “spiritual sequel” to the original series, or if it is in fact set in the same universe. The immortal Dorian Gray and Lily Frankenstein from the first series would also presumably still be alive in this time period, and fans would no doubt rejoice at seeing them again. But as of now, it’s unclear if this series is stand alone, or connected to the previous, American Horror Story style. Probably the actor fans would most like to see return is Eva Green, whether as her original role or something entirely new.
When Will City of Angels Premiere?
Showtime has not yet announced a premiere date, but with filming to start in the first half of 2019, expect to see this one in the first quarter of 2020 at the latest.
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