Published on August 21st, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds16
Billie Piper Cast in Penny Dreadful
Rose Tyler herself takes a leading role in the show, joining Josh Hartnett (The Black Dahlia), Eva Green (Casino Royale, Womb) and Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror, Skyfall) her agent confirmed.
Penny Dreadful – named after the sensationalist 19th century serials whose lurid concoction was designed to satiate the growing literacy amongst the working classes – was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who will write and executive produce alongside Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road).
The eight-part series tells the origin stories of literary horror characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula and Dorian Gray.
David Nevins, Showtime’s President of Entertainment, said:
The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerising to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show.
Filming will commence on October 7 at Co Wicklow’s Ardmore Studios and locations around Dublin and continuing until March 2014.