[TV] “Penny Dreadful’ Series Finds Beauty In Dorian Grey

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Reeve Carney is going from Broadway to Showtime as THR writes that the actor, who starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” has nabbed a key role in the cable network’s drama series “Penny Dreadful”.

The eight-episode drama revolves around some of literature’s famed monsters — including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from the Dracula — weaving together classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.

Carney will play the series regular role of Dorian Grey in a reprisal of Oscar Wilde’s supernaturally attractive and decadent young hero. Penny’s Dorian is further described as confident, mesmerizing yet somewhat isolated.

Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall), who will write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs the first two episodes.

Carney joins a cast that includes Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm, a tough African explorer on a deeply personal quest; Josh Hartnett as Ethan and Eva Green as Vanessa, the lone female in the story.

The psychosexual horror series will begin production in October in London. The series will debut in spring 2014.