Nathan Lane has joined the cast of City of Angels, Showtime’s new spin-off from Penny Dreadful.
The show, which was announced last year, is set in 1930s LA, rooted in a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. As characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and those allied with the devil clash, City of Angels will explore new occult myths and historical moral dilemmas with a blend of the supernatural and social reality.
Describing it as a “spiritual descendant” of the Victorian London-set series, creator John Logan will return as showrunner for the new series, alongside Michael Aguilar (Kidding).
Now, they’ve started assembling a cast for the production, with Nathan Lane (fresh from his Tony-winning turn in Angels in America) leading the ensemble as Lewis Michene, a veteran LAPD cop, who is “wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in pursuit of his goals”. He is the mentor of younger cop Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto).
The duo star alongside an ensemble that includes Natalie Dormer, Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves.
Penny Dreadful revived for LA-set spin-off
2nd November 2018
Penny Dreadful is coming back, but not quite as we know it.
Showtime’s horror series, which first premiered in 2014, was one of the scariest TV shows on TV for several years, as it combined famous characters from literary horror – including Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster – to weave a tale of gothic entertainment. Now, after the show ended with Season 3, Showtime has commissioned a revival of the show with a spin-off chapter set in Los Angeles.
Called City of Angels, the brand new instalment in the franchise will be set in 1930s LA. Creator John Logan will return as showrunner for the new series, alongside Michael Aguilar (Kidding). opening in 1938, it will be rooted in a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. As characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and those allied with the devil clash, City of Angels will explore new occult myths and historical moral dilemmas with a blend of the supernatural and social reality.
Described as a “spiritual descendant” of the Victorian London-set series, the show has been in the works for several months.
“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 told THR in a statement. “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.”
Logan and his Desert Wolf Productions banner will exec produce, alognside Aguilar and Neal Street Productions duo Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris, with James Bagley attached as co-exec producer.
“We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California,” said Showtime programming president Gary Levine. “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us.”
Production will begin in 2019, just in time for Showtime to bid farewell to two long-running series: Homeland and The Affair. Other ongoing Showtime dramas include Ray Donovan and Billions.
The original three seasons of Penny Dreadful aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK and are available on Sky Box Sets and NOW TV.