‘Penny Dreadful - Skyfall creators Sam Mendes and John Logan’s new literary horror series, set to film in Wicklow and Dublin - continues to expand its cast, with Billie Piper the latest addition.
The ‘Doctor Who’ actress, who played Rose Tyler opposite Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant, joins Josh Harnett, Eva Green and Rory Kinnear for the eight-part Victorian series for Showtime in the US.
As IFTN exclusively revealed, ‘Penny Dreadful’ will be filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray and other locations around Dublin from this October to March - representing a huge boost to the Irish film and TV industry and a success story for Ireland’s section 481 tax incentives.
Created by three-time Oscar nominated screenwriter John Logan (‘Gladiator’ ‘Hugo’ & ‘The Aviator’), ‘Penny Dreadful’ will focus on the origin stories of some of horror literature’s most famous characters from Dracula to Dorian Grey and Frankenstein’s creature.
Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett has previously starred in such major productions as Ridley Scott’s ‘Black Hawk Down’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘Pearl Harbour’.
Eva Green - whose breakthrough role was in Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ - starred in the short-lived ‘Camelot’, which was filmed at Ardmore Studios in 2011 but cancelled after one season.
More successful was ‘The Tudors’, also shot at Ardmore Studios, which won 16 IFTA awards and was nominated for three Golden Globes.
Actor Rory Kinnear appeared in Mendes’ ‘Skyfall’ and previous Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace’, and was seen this year in Channel 4’s ‘Southcliffe’.
Billie Piper will reprise her ‘Doctor Who’ role for the show’s 50th anniversary special later this year, along with David Tennant, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and John Hurt.