Stef   /   April 14, 2014   /   13 Comments

There will be blood flowing down the aisles in theaters soon thanks to Eva Green’s menacing turn as the ass-kicking Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire; and for fans of the French-born beauty, they’ll get a chance to see even more red come May in her hotly anticipated Showtime horror thriller Penny Dreadful.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Green told me that, while the trailer for the series released last month promises a bloody affair, there’s much more to the show than the clip is letting on.

“The trailer for Penny Dreadful has to have an impact straight-away, so there’s sex and blood in it,” Green told me. “It’s definitely bloody, but there’s also a lot of complex psychology involved with all the characters.”

Created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, Penny Dreadful is set in the Victorian Era, where such literary icons as Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, Dracula and Oscar Wilde’s age-defying creation Dorian Gray are all woven into a new narrative.

Green plays London psychic Vanessa Ives, who invites the likes of Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) to “a shadow world full of sex, drugs and monsters of all sorts,” Showtime says.

“All the characters have secrets that make them special and alienate them from society,” Green said. “The show asks the question, ‘Do you want to be normal or not?'”

Penny Dreadful premieres on Showtime May 11. In the meantime, fans will get more than their fill of the gushing red stuff in 300: Rise of an Empire, Green says.

“There’s lots of blood and lots of dead people,” Green says, laughing.

The film, which tells a story parallel to the perilous journey of the 300 Spartans in the 2006 original starring Gerard Butler, opens in theaters and on IMAX screens Friday.

Green is also reteaming with 300 creator Frank Miller when she stars as the “dame” Ava Lord in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” due in theaters Aug. 22.

Source: FearNet

13 Responses to “There’s More to “Penny Dreadful” Than Meets the Eye”
  1. G Says:

    I’m so looking forward to Penny Dreadful! 28 days left!

  2. alanfeierstein Says:

    I love it, Eva…If this movie involves your kicking butt as in the 300, no words can ever say how great you are..

  3. AusRotten Says:

    In dame to kill for, she doesn’t do the ass kicking instead she manipulates men into doing the ass kickin for her 🙂 , atleast thats what I remember when I read the graphic novel .

  4. Leo Says:

    I’m going to go, pay and buy (when it comes out on blu-ray) Sin City but, frankly, i dont have high hopes for the movie. It’s been a long time (7-8 years), pushed back even more and Rodriguez has not made ​​a good movie in years and I doubt this work will change that.
    Also is important to remember that Tarantino was involved in the first project, i guy who actually knows make good movies.
    What is certain is that Eva will have much publicity for A Dame to Kill For and will carry her many fans, even more than she did with Rise of an Empire (#1-Starmeter WTF!). Good for you Eva! I loved you long before 300!!!…

    I left i review from indiewire, only copying here when they talk about Eva work in Penny Dreadful
    “With rave reviews for the otherwise dismissed “300: Rise of an Empire,” it appears Eva Green is staking her claim as an actress to watch after breaking out in “Casino Royale.” Her eyes hold an incredible intensity in “Penny Dreadful,” while her movements are deliberate and smooth. She has an air of knowing, grace, but fear threatens to overwhelm her armored exterior at any moment. It’s too early to praise the role all that highly, but she’s certainly the one to watch in “Penny Dreadful.”

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  5. AusRotten Says:

    she remains a mistery..and to me that scene from kingdom of heaven where she says ” a woman in my position has two faces, one she wears in public and one she wears in private”always comes to mind, and i admire that about her ,but it’s still difficult to imagine a woman that beautiful and charismatic is single…that said, she has been workin a lot and that leaves lil room for dating ..and I know that’s none of my concern but I can’t help but wonder !!! Im only human 🙂

  6. G Says:

    *shriek* You guys let’s clean this comments section off gossip!

  7. Daphne Says:

    hhmmmm….I’m not that excited for ‘Sin City’. I kind of hate her for picking this role, because I remember her saying she doesn’t want to be cast as femme fatale. Anyway, it’s her choice not mine. But she got me curious for Penny Dreadful.

  8. AusRotten Says:

    Hate is such a strong word…I usually go with “strongly dislike” hah, I think it was a very smart move to do the 300 and sin city movies, its given her a lot of well deserved recognition and she’s gotten a lot of positive feedback that can only help her career , she’s breaching out on a fan base and it shows she’s versatile and bankable, I honestly prefer she play the badass “femme fatale” role , to the damsel in distress , cookie cutter girl next door type of role..that would make me sad 🙁

  9. Daphne Says:

    Ok. so maybe hate is a strong word, but the thing that I don’t like about her is that, in the past interviews she said she didn’t want to do Hollywood movies, because they would cast her as a femme fatale or that she doesn’t like to do things for money. And now she’s doing 2 Hollywood movies….I guess it’s a smart move but she’s cast as a femme fatale in at least one of the movies ( Artemisia wasn’t a femme fatale imo). I just don’t like people that say one thing and do exact opposite of it. It’s just me. Still I won’t see Sin City and 300 wasn’t that good. But if these movies help her career, good for her.

  10. G Says:

    Signing up for these movies is more of a business and career move to be able to do the projects she likes to do in my honest opinion.

  11. Johnny Says:

    The Salvation is premiering in Cannes, at the Midnight Screenings section:

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    I’m really looking forward to Sin City, and I agree with ausrotten on this one, I prefer to see her in a strong and devious femme fatale role rather than just a feeble eye candy in a blockbuster (which unfortunately is happening to a lot of promising young actresses). At least she always chooses strong roles (and Ava Lord won’t be an exception), and yea I also don’t think Artemisia was a femme fatale. In my POV she didn’t contradict herself, apparently around the time she did Kingdom of Heaven and Casino Royale there were a lot of roles being offered to her that had a femme fatale approach, like The Black Dahlia. She only returned to those kind of roles a few years ago with Camelot (and Mona Lisa if it had been made), and even then her character wasn’t a straight up femme fatale like Ava Lord will be. In fact her only true femme fatale role will be Ava Lord. I just hope Sin City will give her as much of good exposure as 300 did, the trailer looks pretty good, but let’s wait and see.

  12. alanfeierstein Says:

    So now that we study Eva’s past performances, Sin City Part 2 Dame To Kill For; will be all the much great to see.

  13. alanfeierstein Says:

    Eva’s character in Penny Dreadful reminds me of Eva as Artemisia…Fine acting ability she has..