Orlando Bloom Will Lead Amazon’s “Carnival Row” Fantasy Drama Series


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Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Blom is the latest actor to make the transition to television, as he will be leading Amazon‘s new fantasy drama, .

The eight-episode series takes place in a neo-Victorian city in which mythical creatures have gathered after fleeing their own homeland, causing tension with the city’s current tenants. Bloom plays police inspector Rycroft Philostrate, who is investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row, which will come at a great cost to him.

Bloom will also serve as a producer for the Legendary series which will be written by showrunner Rene Echevarria and directed by Paul McGuigan, whose upcoming movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple weeks. Travis Beacham, writer of the original Black List feature script A Killing on Carnival Row, will also act as executive producer. For many years, director Guillermo del Toro had been trying to get that movie made, but instead, he and Beacham developed Pacific Rim, also for Legendary Pictures. Amazon Studios came on board in 2015 to further development and will begin this fall.

Bloom first got attention in back-to-back franchise trilogies with Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, and then Gore Verbinski’s original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. He also appeared in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, as well as Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown and the Brad Pitt historic epic Troy.  Although he hasn’t been in too many high profile films in the past five years, Bloom recently returned for the latest installment of the latter, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

The British-born actor has made guest appearances on Ricky Gervais’ Extras and a few other shows, but Carnival Row will be his first featured role on television.

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