Cara Delevingne has booked her next project. It was announced Thursday that she is set to star in “Carnival Row,” Amazon’s upcoming straight-to-series project about a city filled with magical creatures and murder.
The model-turned-actress, who most recently starred in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” will be playing Vignette Stonemoss, a faerish refugee who flees her war-torn homeland to come to the Burgue, the city where the story takes place. She has to deal with rampant human prejudice against her kind, but with secrets from her past.
Delevingne will be joining Orlando Bloom on the Amazon series. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will be playing Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl that soon becomes personal.
“Carnival Row” has been a long-gestating project, created first by Travis Beacham. It’s set in a neo-Victorian city where mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. Fans will follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.
Beacham’s script for “A Killing on Carnival Row” sold to New Line and Kopleson Entertainment back in 2005 and was on that year’s version of the Black List, was seemingly stuck in development for nearly a decade. Several A-list directors were attached to the script at some point in time, including Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh.
“Carnival Row” is scheduled to begin filming this fall for a 2019 release. It has an 8-episode order. It’s being produced by Legendary Television, written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria, and directed by Paul McGuigan.