"Penny Dreadful" Cast to Feature Rory Kinnear and Harry Treadaway
10 Sep 2013
Rory Kinnear and Harry Treadaway have joined the cast of "Penny Dreadful," the Showtime drama series about literature's famed monsters, according to Deadline.com.
Kinnear, an Olivier Award winner for his performance as Sir Foppling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the Royal National Theatre in 2008, was recently featured in "Skyfall." His stage work also includes Mary Stuart and Hamlet.
Treadaway ("The Lone Ranger," "Control," "Brothers of the Head") will star as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. His stage credits include Over There.
The eight-episode drama focuses on some of literature's famed monsters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, as well as characters from "Dracula" and "Dorian Gray." The show combines the classic horror origin stories as the monsters live with their alienation.
"Penny Dreadful" was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Skyfall"), who will write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street's Pippa Harris ("Revolutionary Road"). Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage," "The Impossible") will direct the first two episodes.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.