Showtime has unleashed the first teaser for its upcoming series "Penny Dreadful", offering glimpses at the show's monsters. The video doesn't give a look at the full figure of the characters as the scenes feature zoom-in shots of a fury creature and a Frankenstein monster which bears stitches on its body. Meanwhile, Eva Green says in a voiceover, "I believe in curses. I believe in demons. I believe in monsters. Do you?"
Dubbed a psycho-sexual horror, the new show will find characters such as Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and characters from "Dracula" in Victorian London, weaving together classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation. Showtime president David Nevins promised, "The monsters aren't going to look like the traditional pictures in your mind you have from old movies of Dracula or Frankenstein."
"300: Rise of an Empire" star Green will play Vanessa Ives, who is described as a "seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger." She will prove herself a force to be reckoned with and the heroine of the series.
"Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett is also cast on the series as Ethan Chandler, a fake American cowboy who impresses Victorian women, but has a dark side. He isn't afraid of violence and is more complicated than he likes to admit.
Harry Treadaway will play Victor Frankenstein, with Reeve Carney cast as the immortal Dorian Gray. Three-time Oscar nominee John Logan created the series and will write and executive produce the eight-part drama with "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes. Juan Antonio Bayona will direct the first two episodes.
Production is scheduled to kick off this October for a 2014 spring premiere.