John Logan and Sam Mendes, Hollywood heavy-hitters fresh off of the immense success of 'Skyfall' becoming the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, are bringing a high concept series to Showtime--and they've cast a former 007 as one of their leading men. Timothy Dalton, the suave British actor who played James Bond in the 1980s, will be lending his lean, lanky visage to the dark, tormented world of 'Penny Dreadful.'
In the first television series of either Logan or Mendes' careers (the pair are feature film stars, through and through), 'Penny Dreadful' is described as a "psychosexual horror" series set in the 1800s. The show will feature some of Gothic and Victorian literature's most recognizable and enduring characters, including Dr. Frankenstein's monster, Dorian Grey and even some characters from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.' 'Penny Dreadful' is gearing up to begin production in London and they now have one of their most important pieces of the puzzle in Dalton.
Dalton's television work is limited, however he recently had a recurring role on 'Chuck.' Dalton will play Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest. Time will tell how Sir Malcom's story entwines with the tales of the other Victorian era characters.
The term "penny dreadful" referred to a form of cheap, serialised fiction in the mid-19th Century, when literacy in England began to become more common. Each short piece was printed cheaply on poor paper stock, costing the reader one (old) penny--hence the name: they cost a penny and were largely accepted to be dreadful tales. These stories were aimed at the working class and featured sensational tales of crime, horror, suspense, romance and intrigue.
Are you getting excited for 'Penny Dreadful'?