Josh Hartnett ("The Black Dahlia") and Eva Green ("The Dreamers") have signed on to star in "Penny Dreadful," Showtime's upcoming "psychosexual horror series" executive produced by Sam Mendes and created and written by his "Skyfall" screenwriter John Logan ("Noah," "Hugo").
Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green is taking the part of Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. The series is looking to be a high profile one for Showtime, with "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible" filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona set to direct the first two of the eight episodes ordered.
"Penny Dreadful" will begin filming in London this fall for a 2014 premiere on the network. It'll bring together the origin stories of three iconic literary characters -- Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from "Dracula." "Penny Dreadful," which is being produced by Mendes' Neal Street Productions, is Logan and Mendes' first collaboration for the small screen -- Mendes previously EP'd "The Hollow Crown," a BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henriad" that's set to premiere on PBS this fall.