The network has kept the details of this series under wraps but what is known is that this psychosexual thriller centers on the lives of some of literary’s most horrifying characters as they co-exist and deal with the isolation that comes from Victorian society due to their very monstrous nature. Some of the characters that will be focused on include Dorian Gray (played by Reeve Carney), Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein (played by Harry Treadaway ) and his creature (played by Rory Kinnear)and an amazing bendable man whose flexibility boggles the mind each time he is shown. Of course there are some human characters in the series which include Eva Green who will play the heroine Vanessa Ives and is described as “a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger”, Timothy Dalton as African explorer Sir Malcolm, Billie Piper as Brona Croft, an Irish immigrant who has come to London in an attempt to escape her dark past and Josh Hartnett who plays American Ethan Chandler who finds himself caught up in this dark underground world in Victorian London.
The trailer heavily hints that this miniseries will be filled with the freaky, the kinky, gore and nudity, but that’s one of the benefits of having a show air on a cable network such as Showtime.
Will ‘Penny Dreadful’ be able to successfully mash all these characters into something worth watching? We’ll just have to wait and see when this 8 episode miniseries premieres on May 11th.
Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.