‘Carnival Row’ Series Lands Orlando Bloom in a Starring Role

Orlando Bloom Stars in Carnival Row
Orlando Bloom at the Giffoni Film Festival 2015 in Valle Piana, Italy (Photo by Stefania D’Alessandro / Getty Images for Giffoni Film Festival)

Orlando Bloom has signed on to star in the Amazon original series Carnival Row. Produced by Legendary Television, the series is described as a fantasy noir and is scheduled to begin shooting this fall. Amazon is targeting a 2019 release on Amazon Prime Video.

Per Amazon’s official announcement, Bloom is on board to play the lead role of “Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost.” Bloom’s also going to be involved as a producer.

Orlando Bloom’s credits include the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Elizabethtown, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Ned Kelly, New York, I Love You, and Black Hawk Down.

Carnival Row‘s first season will consist of eight episodes written by Rene Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle). Echevarria is also the showrunner and will executive produce the series with Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, Luke Cage, Sherlock) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans). McGuigan is also directing. Beacham wrote the feature script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which made the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005.

The Plot: Carnival Row is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.