Television

Penny Dreadful adds Patti LuPone as series regular, Dr. Jekyll to appear in 2016

There were quite a few terrific announces from Showtime this afternoon about the hit series “Penny Dreadful”. Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland.

Among those stars is Tony Award-winning Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife. LuPone will return to the show 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).

PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Treadaway also star. PENNY DREADFUL is a co-production with SHOWTIME and Sky.