Amazon has finally released a new trailer for their steampunk-adjacent, immersive fairytale series Carnival Row. The series is as much a hard-broiled detective story as it is a Victorian noir with a host of character actors to round out the cast and to bring life to the Burgue. Orland Bloom and Cara Delevingne play the main protagonists (or maybe anti-heroes in Delevingne’s case), and their steamy romance is set to fan the flames of uncertainty for the fantastical residents of Carnival Row. Of course, there is also a dark entity out there causing mass chaos too, but a forbidden fantasy romance is more intriguing, no?
Carnival Row explores themes that will feel familiar in our tumultuous political climate. It tells the story of mythical creatures, most of them lifted from Irish mythology, escaping their war-torn homeland and becoming refugees. Of course, with Delevigne playing a fae, named Vignette Stonemoss, and Bloom playing a human, named Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate, the romance between them will also make a comment on interracial relationships and how they impact and enrich the lives of those around them. Add in a layer of secrets, including a dangerous one that Vignette keeps from Philo, and benevolent humans, the show seems like a hit for Amazon. (So much so, a second season has already been commissioned.)
The series has an interesting premise, and I can’t wait to see how it pans out. Rounding out the cast is Indira Varma and Jared Harris as the Breakspears, a politically powerful human couple who run the Burgue, David Gyasi, as a faun who defies social constrictions and owns his own home, Tamzin Merchant, a human who seeks out Gyasi’s character to help her family, and Karla Crome, a poet fae who has also fled from her war-torn homeland.
I’ll be honest and say while all the elements in this series are right up my alley, I’m the most interested in seeing Harris and Varma play two villains, married, in love and in power. That’s all I ask for in this series. None of the cheating or manipulation tropes that often plague villain couples. I want them to be in love, intense about it, and to have each other’s backs.
Carnival Row’s script, originally written as a movie, landed on the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. Legendary Entertainment bought it in 2015 with the intention of adapting it to series and tapped Guillermo del Toro to direct. del Toro left the project to focus on his feature films and directing creds went to Paul McGuigan who also dropped out. Jon Amiel is now the director of the series and, from the trailer, it looks like his eye is the perfect one for this dark, gritty, gaslamp Victorian neo-noir.
Carnival Row will drop on Amazon August 30th. Just in time for a Labor Day binge-watch sesh.
Shelby started writing at the age of 13 and has been hooked ever since. She's currently going to school at ATU for Creative Writing and English with a minor in Film Studies. She hopes to one day be a professor of film, a film critic, and a screenwriter. (Can you tell she likes the movies?)
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