Get ready for more Penny Dreadful!
When dark horror fantasy series Penny Dreadful premiered in 2014, it became a surprise hit for Showtime, which is why fans were quickly disappointed when creator John Logan decided to bring the series to an end in 2016, after three seasons.
Now, the series is set to be revived with Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Remembering the original Penny Dreadful
Set mostly in Victorian-era London, Penny Dreadful weaved classic horror characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster into a brand-new original story.
The first season begins with a doomed quest to save Mina Harker from Dracula. As the series went on, the focus shifted to the heroes’ need to protect Eva Green’s character, Vanessa Ives, from unwanted evil suitors.
In season one, this is Dorian Gray. In season two, The Devil himself.
Season three had Vanessa fall for Dracula’s charms. Their union causes darkness to spread over the Earth. Ethan Chandler, Vanessa’s true love, must kill her to save the world.
Will the original cast return?
To the disappointment of some fans, this seems unlikely.
For starters, the original series begins in 1891, whereas the spin-off is set in 1938, making it highly unlikely for there to be any crossover between casts.
The settings are also quite different. The first series is set mostly in London, whereas the action in City Of Angels will predominantly take place in Los Angeles.
However, in the original series, some characters briefly traveled to the U.S in season three, which opens up the new series to the slim possibility of some kind of crossover or maybe at least a few references.
The two shows are indeed set in the same universe, which means a cameo is definitely still possible.
What is City Of Angels about?
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels will tell the story of Detective Tiago Vega. Vega is the L.A.P.D’s first Mexican-American detective.
Detective Vega is investigating a grisly murder. The investigation is hampered by the Third Reich. The rise of radio evangelism also proves to be an issue.
The series will dive into Mexican folklore. The Vega family are connected to the deity Santa Muerte, who grants her devotees safe delivery to the afterlife.
This doesn’t bode well for the Vegas, which ultimately suggests that we may lose at least one family member during the series.
The show will also feature devil-worshipping characters. How they fit into the story is currently unknown. However, devil worship is not usually a good thing. Devil worshipping witches were the villains of Penny Dreadful season two.
Who’s in it?
Daniel Zovatto will lead the series as Tiago Vega.
Recently, former Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has joined the cast. Dormer will play Magda, a demon who can take on the appearance of anyone she chooses. Magda is described as a dangerous enemy, but an invaluable ally, which suggests that she could either help or hinder Detective Vega.
Jonathan Nieves will play Mateo Vega, Tiago’s younger brother. Jessica Garza will play their sister, Josefina.
We look forward to seeing what City Of Angels adds to the Penny Dreadful universe.