Cara Delevingne has boarded the cast of Carnival Row, an upcoming fantasy drama from Amazon. She will co-star alongside Orlando Bloom, whose casting was announced along with the show last week. The series marks the first major TV role for both Bloom and Delevingne, who got her start as a model before shifting to film.
Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city where mythical creatures have fled from their war-torn homeland and gathered, raising tensions between existing citizens and the growing immigrant population. The story follows an investigation into a string of unsolved murders that’s begun to eat away at any lingering peace. The eight-episode first season will be written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria (Teen Wolf, Castle). Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans) are also set to executive produce, with McGuigan directing. The project is based on Beacham’s feature script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005.
Per Variety, Delevingne will play Vignette Stonemoss, a faerish refugee forced to leave her home and seek sanctuary in Burgue, where she “must contend not only with rampant human prejudice against her kind, but with the secrets that have followed her to this new land.” As previously reported, Bloom leads as the man at the center of it all: Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector piecing together the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row.
Though Carnival Row is Delevingne’s first big TV gig, it’s certainly not her first foray on-screen. Since making her feature debut in 2012’s Anna Karenina opposite Keira Knightley, she’s appeared in 2015 dramedy Paper Towns, anti-hero mash-up Suicide Squad, and, most recently, sci-fi adventure flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Amazon, for its part, has been steadily growing its TV slate since 2013 – but despite a number of promising successes (Transparent, Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle), it’s yet to land on par with competitors like Netflix and Hulu. Throwing such star power behind Carnival Row seems to suggest the streaming service is aiming to change the the tides. The show has already drawn early comparisons to the likes of Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, and Grimm, but here’s to hoping it will have an original take.
Carnival Row is slated to arrive on Amazon in 2019. An exact premiere date has not yet been announced.
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