Orlando Bloom is coming to Amazon. Today, the streaming service announced the Lord of the Rings star has joined the upcoming TV show Carnival Row.
From Rene Echevarria and Paul McGuigan, the fantasy drama is set in a neo-Victorian city where “[m]ythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population.”
On Carnival Row, Bloom will play “Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row.” The Prime Video series is expected to begin filming this fall and debut in 2019.
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Amazon today announced that Orlando Bloom is set to star in its original one-hour fantasy noir Carnival Row. Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost. Bloom, who also serves as producer, most recently starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reprising the role of Will Turner.
The eight-episode Amazon Original Series, produced by Legendary Television, will be written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle, Medium). Joining Echevarria is Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, Luke Cage, Sherlock) who is set to direct and executive produce, and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans), who will serve as executive producer and wrote the original feature script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. The series is scheduled to begin filming this fall for a 2019 release.
Carnival Row is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Orlando Bloom? Will you check out Carnival Row?
I have low hopes for this one. I’ll give it a chance, but I fear it’ll be preachy and allegorical BS in the vein of 50 year old Star Trek tropes . We shall see.