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The monsters are ready for their close-ups, Mr. Mendes. Showtime debuted the above teaser for Penny Dreadful last night during the series finale of Dexter as a way to get viewers excited about the cable network’s next murder-filled series. While the outgoing drama focused on a human monster, the new one will feature characters like Frankenstein’s Monster, Dorian Gray and Dracula.
Here’s how the show’s corner of the Showtime website describes itself:
Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
Created by Sam Mendes and John Logan, Penny Dreadful stars Eva Green as the seductive Vanessa Ives, Josh Hartnett as American cowboy impersonator Ethan Chandler, Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, Timothy Dalton as African big game hunter Sir Malcom and Billie Piper as Irish immigrant Brona Croft.
Of the first season’s eight episodes, at least two will be directed by Orphanage helmer Juan Antonio Bayona. A premiere date has not been announced just yet, but the site does say that Penny Dreadful will debut in 2014.