Orlando Bloom to Star in Amazon Drama Series 'Carnival Row'

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Orlando Bloom has signed on to a new television show.

The Lord of the Rings actor will star in Amazon's upcoming fantasy drama series Carnival Row, an eight-episode Neo-Victorian noir from Legendary Television. The series is set to begin filming this fall for a 2019 release on the streaming platform.

The drama, first announced in May, will be written and executive produced by Star Trek's Rene Echevarria. Luke Cage's Paul McGuigan is set to direct and executive produce, along with Pacific Rim's Travis Beacham, who penned the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row, that appeared on The Black List in 2005. Bloom will serve as a producer on the project.

Carnival Row will feature mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. At the center of the drama is the investigation of a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

In the series, Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl. 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 most recently reprised his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Elsewhere on TV, the actor played a role in HBO's sports doping mockuentary Tour de Pharmacy and also starred in an episode of Netflix's Easy from mumblecore filmmaker Joe Swanberg. In addition, he has four upcoming films: UnlockedS.M.A.R.T. Chase, Romans and Berlin, I Love You.