‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’ Adds 6 New Cast Including Michael Gladis, Lorenza Izzo, Ethan Peck, and Dominic Sherwood
Showtime’s upcoming new chapter in the ‘Penny Dreadful’ franchise, ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘, has rounded out their casting, adding 6 new actors to the series, including some very familiar faces who will join the already impressive cast.
Michael Gladis (‘Mad Men’) takes a series regular role, with Adam Rodriguez (‘CSI: Miami’, ‘Empire’, ‘Criminal Minds’), Thomas Kretschmann (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Berlin Station’), Dominic Sherwood (‘Shadowhunters’), Ethan Peck (‘Star Trek: Discovery’) and Lorenza Izzo (‘Feed the Beast’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) all joining in recurring parts.
These six join the previously announced series regular cast of Natalie Dormer (‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Elementry’, ‘The Tudors’), Daniel Zovatto (‘Here and Now’, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’), Kerry Bishé (‘Halt and Catch Fire’, ‘Narcos’), Adriana Barraza (‘The Strain’), Rory Kinnear (‘Years and Years’, ‘Penny Dreadful’), Jessica Garza (‘The Purge’, ‘Six’), Johnathan Nieves (‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Better Call Saul’) and the amazing Tony and Emmy winner Nathan Lane (‘The Producers’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘The Good Wife’). Oscar and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Amy Madigan (‘Fringe’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Carnivàle’), Brent Spiner (‘Star Trek’s Data) and Lin Shaye (‘Insidious’ franchise) will also be recurring guest stars.
A “spiritual descendant” of the original series, ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘ moves the drama to 1938s 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. The drama explores 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. Along with ‘Mad Men’, Gladis’ television roles include ‘House Of Lies’, ‘Feed the Beast’, ‘Extant’, ‘Reckless’, and ‘Third Watch’. He has also appeared in such feature films as ‘Terminator Genisys’, ‘Not Safe for Work’, and ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’.
Lorenza Izzo will play the role of Santa Muerte, the Angel of Holy Death and sister of the charismatic demoness, Magda (Dormer). Her film and TV credits also include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, ‘The House With a Clock in its Walls’, ‘Life Itself’, ‘The Stranger’, ‘The Green Inferno’, ‘Aftershock’, ‘Casual’ and ‘Feed the Beast’.
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). Rodriguez’s credits include ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Empire’, ‘Jane the Virgin’, ‘The Night Shift’, ‘Magic Mike’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Roswell’, and ‘Felicity’. He has also directed episodes of ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘CSI: Miami’ (for which he also wrote) and ‘Scorpion’.
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. In an international career spanning three decades, Kretschmann has had film and television credits including ‘Berlin Station’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, ‘The Young Victoria’, ‘King Kong’, ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’, ’24’, ‘Downfall’, as well as voice work in ‘Cars 2’.
Dominic Sherwood will play Kurt, the chauffeur and bodyguard for Richard Goss (Kretschmann). There’s more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background. In addition to his lead role on ‘Shadowhunters’, Sherwood has performed on screen in ‘The Cut’, ‘Vampire Academy’, ‘Billionaire Ransom’ and ‘Not Fade Away’.
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). In addition to playing Spock in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, Peck has film and TV credits that include ‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty’, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Gossip Girl’ and ’10 Things I Hate About You’.
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘ is executive produced by John Logan and Michael Aguilar, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (‘American Beauty’, ‘Skyfall’) and Pippa Harris (‘Revolutionary Road’), both of Neal Street Productions. Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions will produce, and James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer. Paco Cabezas (‘The Alienist’) is set to direct multiple episodes.
Production on ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels‘ is expected to start later in 2019, so will presumably premiere in 2020. The drama will air on Showtime in the US, and should come to Sky Atlantic in the UK due to their carriage deal with Showtime. We’ll let you know when we hear something more concrete.
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