Showtime has released a new trailer for upcoming psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful and as with the other material released from the project thus far, the focus is on providing striking, unsettling imagery with a decidedly gothic/horror slant rather than using much dialogue or giving an idea about the type of plot that will take place in such a sumptuous atmosphere.
From John Logan (Gladiator), Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road), Penny Dreadful will bring together several classic literary characters, including the likes of Dorian Gray and Dr. Victor Frankenstein, in Victorian London to dissect themes of alienation and what it truly means to be a monster. The first two episodes of the next Showtime original drama will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).
Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) as American Ethan Chandler, who touches the darkness that festers in London; Eva Green (Camelot) as seductive and forceful heroine Vanessa Ives; Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) as an Irish immigrant fleeing her troubled past; Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as mesmerizing beauty Dorian Gray; and Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) as Sir Malcolm, an explorer who gets drawn to London while on a quest with a deep personal meaning.
The series premiere of Penny Dreadful is set to air Sunday, May 11th at 10:00 on Showtime, where it will air along with the sixth season of Nurse Jackie and the seventh and final season of Californication. You can check out an additional trailer here.
Will you be watching Penny Dreadful? Do you wish the promotional material released thus far would focus more on plot points or are you content with the imagery overload we’ve received thus far? What do you expect to happen during the first season of Penny Dreadful?