Nathan Lane Joins Natalie Dormer In The Penny Dreadful Sequel Series

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Nathan Lane is heading to the Penny Dreadful sequel, alongside Game of ThronesNatalie Dormer! The actor will star in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. To better understand who he is playing, let’s get into the show’s premise.

The upcoming series is billed as a sequel to the original, which starred Eva Green and Doom Patrol’s Timothy Dalton. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will take place in 1938 Los Angeles, whereas its predecessor was set in 19th century England. The follow-up’s story revolves around a murder that sends shockwaves through L.A.

As with any case, it will require detectives, and that is where Daniel Zovatto’s Detective Tiago Vega and Nathan Lane’s character come into play. Lane has been cast as Lewis Michener. He is a veteran officer with the LAPD, and as such, he becomes Tiago’s partner and his mentor. It sounds like there could be room for a super cool partnership to develop between them.

Now that you know what he does, here is some info on his personality. Lewis is said to be wise to “the ways of the world.” The report describes him as being "ruthless" in the "pursuit of his goals." Ruthless is an interesting word to use. Prospective viewers will have to wait and see what the description exactly means by that.

The original Penny Dreadful had an outstanding cast. Based on the way its sequel series’ cast is shaping up, it appears to be following suit. Nathan Lane is a fantastic actor. Look no further than his guest appearance on The Blacklist for proof, and this role sounds excellent for him. Lane follows Game of Thrones and Tudors star Natalie Dormer in a previously announced part.

The actress is set to star as Magda, who is a demon. She can appear as anyone she desires, per TVLine. Think Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark and a Faceless Man-type situation.

Time will tell how the supernatural and the murder intersect. Given that this is a Penny Dreadful continuation, they should be quite closely related.

Part of what made the original so multi-layered was how the characters worked towards coming together as a team. Some of them shared backstories together; others did not. Having Nathan Lane and Daniel Zovatto’s characters already set up as police detectives and partners should set that team dynamic up early on.

It took a while before the original Penny Dreadful got there. So, it will be fun to have that foundation in action already.

A premiere date has not been set for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels yet. Production is set to begin later on this year so it may be a while. When it does premiere, it will do so on Showtime. While waiting for it to arrive, there is lots of new entertainment heading to TV in the midseason.

Britt Lawrence

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