Newcomer Ismenia Mendes, Eddie Izzard (Hannibal) and Nadia Alexander (The Mob Doctor) have reportedly joined the cast of The Devil You Know, HBO’s Salem witch trials pilot from Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan.
The Devil You Know (formerly known as New World) is described as a provocative period drama that explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history: when intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria.
Per Deadline, Ismenia Mendes will play servant girl Mercy Lewis; Eddie Izzard will portray Thomas Putnam, one of the primary accusers in the Salem Witch Trials and the patriarch of the powerful Putnam family; while Nadia Alexander has been cast as Ann Putnam Jr, Thomas’ daughter and an important witness in the Salem Witch Trials.
The Devil You Know has been in the works at HBO since 2013 and recently scored a pilot order at the premium cable network. The script is being penned by Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller & Tracy Miller and is a co-production between HBO Originals and Lionsgate Television.
Production on the hour-long pilot is slated to commence this Spring in Massachusetts. Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller, Tracy Miller and Gus Van Sant are set to executive produce. Van Sant, who was an executive producer on Starz’s political drama Boss, is also attached to direct.