As Showtime to continue to amass the cast for their Penny Dreadful spinoff, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, now comes word of a major genre favourite joining the new show.
First reported by Deadline, Lin Shaye has signed on to join the action as a character called Dottie Minter. That particular character is described as a “cunning, wry and clever” sort who is a vital operative in the ongoing battle against Third Reich espionage in LA.
The utterly charming Shaye has been in the acting game since back in the ‘70s, with her recently likely best known to horror fans for her recurring role of Elise in the Insidious franchise.
Lin Shaye joins a cast the includes the likes of Rory Kinnear, Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane, Jessica Garza, Amy Madigan and Brent Spiner.
The official word on City of Angels reads:
A spiritual descendant of the original Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of the period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.
Penny Dreadful’s John Logan is writing and serving as showrunner on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.