July 30th, 2013   M. Penny Dreadful, Television 8 Comments

by Lesley Goldberg

The eight-episode horror drama series hails from three-time Oscar nominee John Logan.

Showtime has found the leads for its upcoming horror drama series Penny Dreadful.

Eva Green and Josh Hartnett will star in the drama from John Logan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who is on board to write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). The psycho-sexual horror series will begin production in the fall in London.

Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a man of action and daring, he’s not afraid of violence. He’s charming and brash but there are demons behind his eyes. He’s more complicated than he likes to admit.

Green will play Vanessa, the singular female of the story. She’s enigmatic with haunted eyes and utterly composed. She will prove herself a force to be reckoned with and the heroine of the series.

Production will begin in October and will be on the air in the spring.

Hartnett’s credits include Pearl Harbor as well as 40 Days and 40 Nights. Green’s credits include Casino Royale and Kingdom of Heaven. Her TV credits include the miniseries Camelot.

Hartnett is repped by IFA, Management 360 and Sloane Offer; Green is with UTA and Tavistock Wood Management.


  • spot
    Posted on July 30, 2013

    I’m so pumped for this! I’m so happy that she found a show (on a great network!!!) that a lot of people can see and will be totally excited about. I’m not a big fan of Josh Hartnett’s acting but I hope he can go toe to toe with Eva on this. Also, this is her first foray to the horror genre so I’m crossing my fingers that this show will get a lot of viewership. This is a promising show and I’m glad that John Logan and Sam Mendes are on the helm for this! 😀

  • Carmen
    Posted on July 30, 2013

    I don’t know what to think or expect…I just hope she doesn’t become another hollywood star that is admired by her physical… I mean, I don’t want her to become a bimbo, it’d be so sad 🙁

  • AusRotten
    Posted on July 30, 2013

    Im stoked for this one too, two of my.fav things , eva and horror..cant go wrong with that!!-.I never worry about eva becoming a hollywood clishe cuz she seems to always stay true to herself and her craft, which could be one of the reasons in my opinion shes a lil underrated, but I can totally see her gettin a big award down the line for sure

  • Antigonus
    Posted on July 31, 2013

    The writing/production team sounds heavyweight which bodes well(better than camelot) but the plot/character descriptions above sound like the blurb from a bad Stephanie Meyer imitation. I too would have doubts about Hartnett’s – ahem – acting skills. He’s going out with Eva’s former cast mate Tamsin Egerton.

  • George
    Posted on July 31, 2013

    New project + new concept = good news

  • spot
    Posted on August 01, 2013

    @carmen It’s safe to say that’s one thing she won’t be 😉

    @antigonus No lies detected @ the Stephanie Meyer blurb comparison.

  • Antigonus
    Posted on August 02, 2013

    Some more details in this Daily Mail article: -http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2382796/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-Eva-Green-star-gothic-horror-vamp-adult-new-TV-drama.html

  • spot
    Posted on August 03, 2013

    Thanks antigonus!

  • Latest Photos

    Click here to view our extensive gallery of Eva photos.
    Current Projects
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
    Role: Miss Peregrine
    Director: Tim Burton
    Status: US Release September 30, 2016
    16-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

    Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)
    Role: Vanessa Ives
    Creator: John Logan
    Status: Season 3 Premieres on May 1, 2016
    A frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
    Official Photos Facebook Twitter YouTube IMDb

    The Salvation (2014)
    Role: Madelaine
    Director: Kristian Levring
    Status: Now on Blu-ray & DVD
    In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
    Photos IMDb Facebook Instagram
    Site Exclusives

    Check out Part I, Part II and Part III our 2011 exclusive Q&A as well as Part I and Part II of our 2013 exclusive Q&A and Part I, Part II and Part III of our 2014 exclusive Q&A with Eva Green to find out more about the actress and her work.

    Click here to read additional EGW exclusive interviews.
    Google Ad
    Latest Fan Art

    Click here to view our fan art archive containing over 6,000 pieces of Eva drawings, icons, wallpapers & more.
    Family Sites
    Claire FoyEddie RedmayneGaspard UllielGemma ArtertonKate HudsonLea SeydouxNaomi Watts

    Elite Affiliates

    Adele ExarchopoulosAmy AdamsAnna TorvEleanor TomlinsonEmma StoneEwan McGregorIsabel LucasJenna Louise ColemanJessica ChastainKate WinsletMads MikkelsenMarion CotillardMelanie ThierryNastassja KinskiOrlando BloomRichard MaddenRose ByrneRuth WilsonSandra Bullock

    Top Affiliates
    http://Charlize Theron
    http://Crystal Reed
    http://Dakota Johnson
    http://Diora Baird
    http://Laura Ramsey
    http://Margot Robbie
    http://Rachael Taylor
    http://Rooney Mara
    http://Sophia Bush

    Site Information
    Maintained by: M, G & Stef (contact us)
    Staff: Carol, Eden & Jackie
    Since: April 7, 2004

    Special thanks to Annie, Claudia, Nicole, Sebastian, Clara and Kev for all of their content contributions.

    eXTReMe Tracker
    Site Disclaimer
    Eva Green Web is a non-profit fansite. We are in no way affiliated with Eva Green, her management, her agency and etcetera. All photos and media are being used under the Fair Copyright Law 107 and are copyright to their respective owners. No infringement is intended.
    Our Latest Tweets