We finally know when Carnival Row, Amazon's long-delayed Victorian fantasy series starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, will arrive. Mark your calendars, the show heads to the streaming platform on Friday, Aug. 30.
Set in a Victorian-era fantasy world where humans have invaded the exotic homelands of mythological creatures, the series follows the inherent struggle for these immigrant magical beings to coexist with the very people who've now stripped away most of their rights. At the center of it all is a forbidden love affair between human detective Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom) and refugee faerie Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne). With tensions among the different races brewing, Rycroft investigates a series of brutal murders that threaten the uneasy peace, and Vignette's dark secret just might blow everything up.
The show's all-star lineup also includes Interstellar's David Gyasi as Agreus, a "mysteriously wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neighborhood in defiance of the social order"; Under the Dome's Karla Crome as Tourmaline, "a quick-witted faerie poet driven from her war-torn homeland"; Game of Thrones alum Indira Varma channeling her inner Cersei as Piety Breakspear, "the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of The Burgue"; and Salem's Tamzin Merchant as Imogen Spurnrose, a "young woman who sees in Agreus an opportunity to turn her aristocratic family's fading fortunes around."
The series has been in development for quite some time, having appeared in the first edition of the Blacklist -- a review of the top unproduced Hollywood scripts -- as a film all the way back in 2005. To put things into perspective, that was the same year that the Steve Carell comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins starring Christian Bale were released.
The project was revived as a scripted series in 2015 with Guillermo Del Toro set to direct the pilot until he dropped out over a scheduling conflict. Amazon officially picked up the pilot in 2016 and then ordered eight episodes in 2017. Original writer Travis Beacham will executive produce alongside Arrow's Marc Guggenheim, and super producers Rene Echevarria and Jon Amiel.
Carnival Row heads to Amazon on Friday, Aug. 30.