9:38am PT by Philiana Ng
Timothy Dalton Joins Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful'
Showtime's Penny Dreadful is getting a dose of James Bond.
Film and television veteran Timothy Dalton, best known for playing 007 on the big screen, has joined the cast of the upcoming horror drama series, the pay cabler announced Friday. The casting marks the melding of the Bond worlds, with the ex-Bond teaming with Skyfall writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes.
Dalton, who joins Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, will play Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest.
Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who is on board to write and executive produce alongside Academy Award winner Mendes and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is directing the first two episodes.
The psychosexual horror series will begin production in October in London. The series is set to debut in spring 2014.
Dalton, who portrayed James Bond in The Living Daylights and License to Kill, is repped by ICM Partners and U.K.'s Independent Talent Group. On the small screen, he has appeared in many British miniseries, including Jane Eyre, Scarlett, Centennial and Mistral's Daughter, and has guest-starred on Chuck.