Showtime’s new chapter in the Penny Dreadful story, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, has added to its cast with the announcement of new series regulars and recurring guest stars. The network confirmed Michael Gladis (Mad Men) has signed on in a series regular role. Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters), Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock), Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) are set for recurring roles. Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery) is also on board as a guest star.
The new batch of talent join previously announced series stars Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Kerry Bishé, Adriana Barraza, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves, and Nathan Lane in the much-anticipated drama. Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner and Lin Shaye are recurring guest stars.
Penny Dreadful creator John Logan returns as writer and executive producer. Michael Aguilar, Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and Pippa Harris also executive produce. Paco Cabezas (The Alienist) is attached to direct multiple episodes.
Filming is expected to get underway later this year.
The Plot and New Characters, Courtesy of Showtime:
A spiritual descendant of the original Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.
Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Pexplores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of the period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.
Michael Gladis will play Councilman Charlton Townsend, the ambitious head of the L.A. City Council’s Transportation Committee; a man of killer instincts and ruthless political wiles.
Dominic Sherwood will play Kurt, the chauffer and bodyguard for Richard Goss (Kretschmann). There’s more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background.
Lorenza Izzo will play the role of Santa Muerte, the Angel of Holy Death and sister of the charismatic demoness, Magda (Dormer).
Adam Rodriguez will play Raul Vega, the eldest son of the Vega family and a righteous union leader and advocate for his people. Wise to the ways of the world, Raul tries to be a father-figure to his brother Tiago (Zovatto).
Thomas Kretschmann will play Richard Goss, an aristocratic and mysterious German architect with grand plans for the future of Los Angeles: a manipulative master builder with unsettling connections to City Hall.
Ethan Peck will play Herman Ackermann, the charismatic second-in-command at the German-American Bund. His aggressive politics, heated rhetoric, and personal magnetism inevitably create tension within the group and for the Bund’s leader, Peter Craft (Rory Kinnear).