First Look Photos Preview Natalie Dormer in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Here’s your first preview of the demon Magda in the upcoming sequel series, even if only in her human forms.

By Chris Morse

By all accounts, Showtime’s upcoming sequel series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels sounds like any other period piece—at least until you factor in the presence of Natalie Dormer’s demonic character Magda. The show has been in development for some time with production taking place in Los Angeles and today EW brought us some first look photos of the Game of Thrones actress in action.

Yes, Magda is a demon but she also manifests in human forms as well, which is what the previews are showing so far. The character is otherwise described as a “delicious, multi-dimensional thrill” and an “agent of chaos” who can sow the seeds of disorder. Series creator John Logan says she’s the aspect of the series that really makes it feel like Penny Dreadful. Check out the first look photos below.

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.

Starring in this series is 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, Adriana Barraza (Drag Me to Hell, Thor) as the Vega family matriarch, Maria, original series star Rory Kinnear as Dr. Peter Craft, a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, and Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire) as Sister Molly, a radio evangelist, singer, and orator.

Other recent casting additions include Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone) as Miss Adelaide Finnister, the evangelist's mother, Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as precinct boss Capt. Ned Vanderhoff, Lin Shaye (Insidious) as Dottie Minter, the cunning friend of Detective Michener, Michael Gladis (Mad Men) as Charlton Townsend, Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock) as Santa Muerte, the Angel of Holy Death and sister of Magda, Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) as Raul Vega, Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Richard Goss, Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters) as the bodyguard Kurt, Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery) as Herman Ackermann, Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) as Linda Craft, Hudson West (General Hospital) as Trevor Craft, and Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House) as Tom Craft.

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 we’ll be following along to keep you posted with the latest information. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for more news and updates ahead.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo