Josh Hartnett and Eva Green have been tapped as leads for Showtime‘s upcoming eight-episode series Penny Dreadful, created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Sam Mendes. The psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most iconic figures as they become embroiled in Victorian London. Green will play the heroine, the beautiful Vanessa Ives. Hartnett will play handsome “fake cowboy” American Ethan Chandler.
Meanwhile, Ruth Wilson (Lone Ranger) is set to star opposite Dominic West in Showtime‘s drama pilot The Affair. From playwright and writer/producer Sarah Treem and co-creator Hagai Levi, The Affair is an intense and intimate exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them — with all of the complex consequences that result. It centers on Noah (West), a good husband, devoted father of four, and New York City high school teacher whose settled, comfortable world is about to implode when he meets a woman (Wilson) he thinks is his soul mate.