Penny Dreadful's Rory Kinnear to Return to Series in “City of Angels”
The actor, known for playing the Creature in the original show, has officially joined the sequel series.
By Chris Morse
A star from the original three-season run of Penny Dreadful has been tapped to return for the sequel series, which will tell its own all-new story set in Los Angeles. Deadline reports that actor Rory Kinnear has officially joined Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as a series regular in a key role. You may remember him playing the part of the Creature in the original show, echoing the classic Frankenstein's monster role in a slightly more modern way.
In City of Angels, Kinnear will play the part of Dr. Peter Craft, a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the U.S. isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. With the show being set in 1938, we know that World War II followed shortly thereafter, so this character should certainly wind up offering a period-appropriate glimpse into a very volatile era of world history. Series creator John Logan came up with this role specifically to bring Kinnear on board once again.
In 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension, a grisly murder shocks the city and Detective Tiago Vega, played by Daniel Zovatto (Don't Breathe, It Follows), becomes 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.
Previously announced cast members include Natalie Dormer as a supernatural demon named Magda, who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses, Nathan Lane (The Producers’, Modern Family) as Lewis Michener, a veteran LAPD officer as well as partner and mentor to Detective Vega, Jessica Garza (The Purge TV series, Six) as the quiet-but-overlooked sister, Josefina, Johnathan Nieves (Better Call Saul, Chicago Fire) as the volatile younger brother, Mateo, and Adriana Barraza (Drag Me to Hell, Thor) as the Vega family matriarch, Maria.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels sees series creator John Logan once again assuming his role as writer and executive producer. The show has also added original executive producers Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, alongside Michael Aguilar, with James Bagley serving as co-executive producer. Penny Dreadful regular Paco Cabezas is also confirmed to be returning to direct multiple episodes.
There's no word yet on when this series will premiere, but it's possible that we will see it hit Showtime sometime before the end of 2019. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.