Josh Hartnett & Eva Green Cast In Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’

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Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) have been cast in Showtime’s upcoming 8 episode drama series Penny Dreadful.

Hartnett has been cast as Ethan Chandler, a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London; while Green has been cast as Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. The series is set to enter production in London later this year, with Showtime eyeing a 2014 premiere.

Created by John Logan, Penny Dreadful will see some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation. The series is produced by Neal Street Productions with┬áJohn Logan and Sam Mendes serving as executive producers. Juan Antonio Bayona is on board to direct the opening block of episodes.