The Gothic horror melting pot over on Showtime that is John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful” just had six more ingredients added into the mix, according to Deadline. First up, Patti LuPone, seen last season in a guest starring role as witch Joan “The Cut Wife” Clayton, will be returning to the series in another part. LuPone will be playing an American therapist named Dr. Seward, who has “an unconventional new approach” to treating Vanessa Ives’ (Eva Green) problems. LuPone has now been set as a series regular, so expect Dr. Seward to stick around for awhile.
Given the nature of the series, I think it’s say to assume that we have just added another character from Bram Stoker’s famed novel, Dracula, to the series. While we have yet to see the fiend himself, the Count has been referenced throughout the first two seasons and we have already be graced by the presences of Mina Harker (Olivia Llewellyn) and Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner). The show’s version of the novel’s events have already taken place and so far the details have not yet been revealed, so perhaps we will be getting a deeper look next year?
Sam Barnett has been cast as Dr. Seward’s “mysterious young secretary”. No further information about the character has been given at this time, but it’s safe to say that something is up at Dr. Seward’s office. Continuing with Vanessa’s new acquaintances is the casting of Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, “a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa”. Another suspicious character, no doubt, as few who involve themselves in her life are ever who they claim to be.
The new big literary character that Logan teased a couple of months back has finally been revealed: Dr. Henry Jekyll! Shazad Latif will be bringing Robert Louis Stevenson’s trouble physician to life and no doubt play an important role in the coming third season, although no details as to how he fits in have been revealed yet. Veteran character actor Wes Studi joins the series as Kaetenay, “an intense, enigmatic Native American” who has strong ties to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and will apparently also bond with Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).
Lastly, Jessica Barden is set to play Justine, “a young acolyte” to Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Lily Frankenstein (Billie Piper). Given the nature of those two characters, as well as the series as a whole, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this Justine is none other than the titular character from the Gothic erotic novel Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue), which was written by the Marquis de Sade himself. The sadism inherent both in the novel itself and the two series characters with whom she will associate practically guarantees this. More trouble for poor Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) to deal with!
“Penny Dreadful” returns to Showtime next Summer.