Carnival Row
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In Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’, humanity invaded the land of mystical creatures, and as humans always do, they royally effed it up, so now those magical creatures have fled to the real world, but it isn’t great as they are treated as less-than-human, and segregated to the ghetto of Carnival Row.  The cast and creators assembled at San Diego Comic-Con where they presented TWO trailers, one each focusing on the show’s two main characters, Cara Delevigne’s faerie Vignette Stonemoss, and Orlando Bloom‘s human ex-soldier/detective Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate.

“It was like stepping into the wildest part of your imagination and having it revealed before your eyes,” Bloom said describing the process of filming this fantasy series.

Series creator Travis Beacham explained:

“It’s kind of Dickensian.  We’re looking at the whole of the world, the whole of society, and how one wheel moves the other.”

Despite the imaginative scenario, don’t expect pure escapism.  As the show’s executive producer, Marc Guggenheim stressed:

“It’s about racism and feminism and sexism and classism and spiritualism.  We kind of cover it all, and we look at all the different ways you can differentiate people and creatures in society. It’s really rich, it’s a rich world.”

Bloom says that the Mayor of San Diego stormed out of the show’s display in disgust after realizing, “Oh, wait, this is about refugees and migrants.” Bloom then quipped, “Boo-yah! Way to create controversy!”

Hopefully, the new trailers will create buzz as the series is set to be released in about a month.  Check out these character trailers to get a look at this dreary fantasy world, complete with dead mystic beings laying eviscerated in the streets, and signs warning that anyone caught flying will be “Shot on Sight.”

Philo’s Story:


Vignette’s Story:

‘Carnival Row’ also stars Karla Crome, Caroline Ford, Artemas Froushan, Andrew Gower, David Gyasi, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Tamzin Merchant, Indira Varma.  The series premieres on Amazon Prime Video on August 30.


Source: Entertainment Weekly