“Carnival Row” has been renewed for Season 2 at Amazon ahead of its first season’s Aug. 30 launch on Prime Video, studio head Jennifer Salke said during the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday.
Orlando Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Cara Delevingne (“Suicide Squad”) star in the series “set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man.”
Per Amazon, this growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.
Along with Bloom and Delevingne, “Carnival Row” stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”) as Agreus, a mysterious, wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neighborhood in defiance of the social order, Karla Crome (“Under the Dome”) as Tourmaline, a quick-witted faerie poet driven from her war-torn homeland, Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”) as Piety Breakspear, the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of The Burgue, and Tamzin Merchant (“Salem”) as Imogen Spurnrose, a young woman who sees in Agreus an opportunity to turn her aristocratic family’s fading fortunes around.
The series hails from Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, with executive producers Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone”), Rene Echevarria (“Star Trek,” “Teen Wolf,” “Castle,” “Medium”), Jon Amiel, Bloom and Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim,” “Clash of the Titans”).
Beacham’s “A Killing on Carnival Row,” on which the project is based, appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005.
“Carnival Row” launches Aug. 30 on Amazon Prime Video.