Showtime has added “Halt and Catch Fire” alum Kerry Bishé to the growing cast for its “Penny Dreadful” sequel “City of Angels,” a Showtime spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.
Bishé joins a cast that includes Daniel Zovatto, Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza, Rory Kinnear and Johnathan Nieves.
Bishé will play Sister Molly, a charismatic radio evangelist. A beautiful singer and gifted orator, Molly captivates her many faithful followers even as she grapples with the complex demands of her life.
“City of Angels” is described by Showtime as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.
John Logan, the creator, writer and executive producer of “Penny Dreadful,” will return for “City of Angels.” Michael Aguilar (“Kidding”), Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Skyfall”) and Pippa Harris (“Revolutionary Road”) will also serve as executive producers. Production on the drama is expected to begin later this year.
The series will move its production from Ireland — the original “Penny Dreadful” was set in Victorian-era London — to Los Angeles, bagging a whopping $24.7 million in tax credits as part of the state’s ongoing Film & TV Tax Credit 2.0 program.
Bishé is best known for her starring role as Donna Clark in AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Deadline first reported the news of Bishé ‘s casting.