Penny Dreadful may have been a beloved, star-studded peak television offering that made its mark before proactively closing shop after just three seasons, but the classic-literature-crossover Showtime supernatural series will continue its legacy with a sequel series – Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels.
While the new series will make a dramatic shift away from the settings and characters covered in 2014-2016’s Penny Dreadful, it has the support of its key personnel, namely creator John Logan, who returns to serve as writer and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity by Michael Aguilar, who’s worked on recent Showtime offerings Kidding and I’m Dying Up Here.
Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones, Picnic At Hanging Rock) leads part of the main cast of City Of Angels, playing Magda, “a supernatural demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests in a number of guises throughout the story. Charismatic, clever and chameleonic, Magda is a dangerous enemy and an invaluable ally.”
We now have some first pictures of Dormer looking suitably gothic, courtesy of EW:
Nathan Lane (Modern Family) stars alongside Dormer as Lewis Michener, “a veteran LAPD officer who is wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in pursuit of his goals. He becomes a partner and mentor to the younger Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto).”
Zovatto (It Follows, Agents Of SHIELD) leads the cast, alongside co-stars Jessica Garza (The Purge) and Johnathan Nieves (New Amsterdam).
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels plot
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels brandishes the initial tag line: “Sometimes what’s dead doesn’t always remain.” The show is described as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series, set to focus on an entirely new set of characters, moving the mythos chronologically ahead and a whole continent away from the previous show’s Victorian London setting to 1938 Los Angeles. There, the backdrop – teeming with social tension – will facilitate events rooted in Mexican-American aspects of supernatural folklore, with denizens who are in conflict over their respective focuses of worship, with some loyal to the deity, Santa Muerte, and others who worship the Devil. Consequently, the series is described as an amalgamation of the social realities of the setting and time period with themes centring on the occult.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A spiritual descendant of the original PENNY DREADFUL story set in Victorian-era London, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) 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.
While the original series balanced themes of magic and monsters with the economic desperation and soot-and-smog-strewn realities of Victorian London, City Of Angels will apparently exercise a balance of its own between socio-political and the supernatural. As creator John Logan explains:
“Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”
Along with Logan and Aguilar, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will also see executive producers on board in Oscar winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road) on behalf of Neal Street Productions. Logan is onboard via his Desert Wolf Productions. James Bagley is also on board, serving as co-executive producer.
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels release date
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will be along in 2020.