Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Nathan Lane (Angels in America, Modern Family, The People v. O.J. Simpson) has joined the cast of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful revival, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Lane joins the previously announced Daniel Zovatto (Don’t Breathe) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) 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 (Zovatto).
Lane has previously won Tony’s for his roles in 2017’s Angels in America, The Producers, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His other credits include Modern Family, American Crime Story, The Good Wife, and The Birdcage.
City of Angels will be set in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.
Creator John Logan will still be the upcoming spin-off series’ creator, writer and executive producer. The show’s production is scheduled to start this year with Michael Aguilar (Kidding) to serve as executive producer. The new chapter is expected to feature new characters and storylines.
The Emmy nominated series ran on air for three seasons. Penny Dreadful is a unique mash-up of literary horror that followed the story of Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) as they’ve worked together, at all costs, to vanquish the evil that relentlessly pursues them.
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