Rejoice, Penny Dreadful fans! An iconic (and classic) book character is set to make his long-awaited debut on the third season of the critically acclaimed horror series.
Showtime has announced that Dr. Henry Jekyll (of Jekyll and Hyde fame) has joined the cast of the hit drama series for Season 3, and that he'll be played by British actor Shazad Latif. Also, Patti LuPone -- who had a short (it was one episode) but memorable guest-starring stint as the Cut-Wife last season -- will return as a series regular in a completely different role. How very American Horror Story.
Here’s what the official press release revealed:
Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit SHOWTIME drama series PENNY DREADFUL is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland. Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Also, this season will add Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Henry Jekyll to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show, to be played by Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks).
The third season’s nine episodes, premiering on SHOWTIME in 2016 on-air, on demand and over the internet, will feature several new guest stars, including Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Christian Camargo (DEXTER®, The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels, A Million Ways to Die in the West) as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton); and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).
As you know, Dr. Henry Jekyll is the alter ego of the evil Mr. Hyde -- or rather, Hyde is Jekyll’s very bad alter ego. The characters appeared back in 1886 in Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Penny Dreadful is no stranger to mashing up iconic literary (and movie) characters from classic horror stories: Bram Stoker's bloodsucking vamp Dracula, the accursed Wolf Man (Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler, whose real name was revealed to be Ethan Lawrence Talbot this season -- Lawrence Stewart Talbot being the titular character in Universal's classic 1941 horror movie The Wolf Man), Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature, and even Oscar Wilde's immortal bad boy Dorian Gray are all key players in the John Logan series.
Are you guys excited to learn Dr. Jekyll (and perhaps even Mr. Hyde) is coming onboard the upcoming third season of Penny Dreadful?
(via Spoiler TV)