Last week, it was announced that Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) had signed on for Amazon’s upcoming fantasy noir series Carnival Row. Today we’re hearing that Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) has signed on as the female lead for the eight-episode series from Rene Echevarria, Travis Beacham, and Paul McGuigan.
The series is set in a neo-Victorian city (think steampunk) with mythical creature taking refuge from their war-torn homelands. The now overcrowded city is simmering with tension between the citizens and the immigrant population. Drop in the middle of all that a string of unsolved murders. Bloom plays Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector sent to investigate the murder of a faerie showgirl in an area called Carnival Row. Delevingne plays Vignette Stonemoss, a refugee come to the Burgue where she must deal with the human prejudice and the secrets that followed her from her land.
The series will begin filming this fall in Prague with an eye for a 2019 premiere. This marks the first major television roles for both Bloom and Delevinge. Echevarria will showrun and write while McGuigan will direct. Based off of a Blacklist script by Beacham.