Though the television landscape has certainly gotten darker over the past few years, Showtime is looking to push the boundaries even further with its upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful. From executive producers John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths. Ahead of its debut, we here at Collider have been provided with an exclusive Penny Dreadful clip to share with our readers. In the clip, we’re introduced to Dorian Grey (played by Reeve Carney) and Irish immigrant/prostitute Brona Croft (Billie Piper), as the actors discuss how their characters fit into the series.
Hit the jump to watch the Penny Dreadful clip. The show also stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny Sapani. Penny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Penny Dreadful:
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill). PENNY DREADFUL is a drama series created, written and executive produced by John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.