Amazon continues “auditioning acts” for their upcoming Carnival Row, adding Andrew Gower (Outlander‘s Prince Charles Edward Stewart) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘s Jamie Harris as series regulars to the eight-episode fantasy series from Rene Echevarria, Travis Beacham, Paul McGuigan and Legendary Television. Gower and Harris are set to join previously announced leads Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) on the series, which is being executive produced by writer/showrunner Echevarria, co-writer Beacham and series director McGuigan.
Set in a neo-Victorian city that can best be described as “steampunk-ish”, Carnival Row suffers from its own unique immigration problem: as mythical creatures continue to flee war-torn homeland and seek refuge in the city, tensions continue to flare between citizens and the ever-growing immigrant population.
When a series of unsolved murders begin to eat away at the fragile peace, police inspector Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom) is charged with investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row and bringing the killer (or killers) to justice. Faery Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) represents the perspective of the immigrant experience, fleeing her war-torn homeland to come to the Burgue. Stonemoss must not only contend with the growing hatred and prejudice directed at her and those like her, but also with old secrets that haunting her new life.
Gower (Black Mirror) will play Ezra Spurnrose, the scion of one of the most prominent families in the Burgue, who looks to protect his sister Imogen’s (and his family’s) reputation from the machinations of his wealthy partner Puck. Harris (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will portray Desk Sergeant Dombey, a tough police officer who strongly believes in the old rule of life and resents the growing influx of foreign fairies and pix.
Carnival Row isn’t a small production, expanding the cast back in September to include: David Gyasi (Interstellar) set to portray Agreus, a mysteriously wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neighborhood in defiance of the social order; Karla Crome (Misfits), whose Tourmaline is a quick-witted faerie love poet driven out of her war-torn homeland and forced to work in a brothel on Carnival Row; Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), whose Piety Breakspear is the regal and cunning matriarch of a powerful family that rules the city of the Burgue; and Tamzin Merchant (Salem), set to play Imogen Spurnrose, a young woman looking to turn her aristocratic family’s fading fortunes around and sees Agreus’s wealth and influence as they key to her plan.