Joss Whedon's HBO Series 'The Nevers' Sets Main Cast

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In a Release from Variety, Joss Whedon’s epic sci-fi HBO series “The Nevers” has set its principal cast with a dozen names joining the show which received a straight-to-series order a year ago.

The series follows a gang of Victorian women known as ‘The Touched’ who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Laura Donnelly was previously announced as playing Amalia True.

Olivia Williams (“Dollhouse,” “Rushmore”) leads the charge as Lavinia Bidlow, a stern and old-fashioned wealthy spinster and champion of the Touched.

James Norton (“Grantchester,” “McMafia”) will play Hugo Swann, a pansexual posh boy whose charm has about five years left on its lease. He also runs a secret club and a side trade in extortion and is devoted to fulfilling everyone’s worst impression of him.

Tom Riley (“Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Monroe”) is Augustus ‘Augie’ Bidlow, a sweet, disarming ornithologist nerd and both Lavinia’s younger brother and Hugo’s best friend. Happy to let his older sister take the reins of the family fortune, he finds the Touched unnerving but is drawn to them by his increasing infatuation with Miss Adair.

Ann Skelly (“Vikings,” “Death and Nightingales”) will play Penance Adair, Amalia’s dearest friend and one of the first women to join her cause. A devout but progressive Irish girl with a genius for invention and a firm moral stance.

 
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Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line,” “Snowden”) will play Detective Frank Mundi, a gruff and moral inspector who trusts no one and has a reputation for sudden violence and excessive drink.

Pip Torrens (“Preacher,” “The Crown”) will play Lord Massen, a former General who is unflappable and merciless in his defense of the British Empire. He may be the only man who sees clearly what havoc these few strange people can wreak upon the established order.

Nick Frost (“Hot Fuzz,” “The World’s End”) will play Declan Orrun, a.k.a. The Beggar King, a charismatic and brutal kingpin of low-level criminal activity in the city who is loyal to the highest bidder.

Zackary Momoh (“Camping,” “Doctor Sleep”) will play Doctor Horatio Cousens, one of the few successful West Indian physicians in London and married with a young son. His fortunes took a dark turn when he met Amalia and discovered his own ability.

Amy Manson (“Torchwood,” “Being Human”) will play Maladie, a married woman committed to the asylum, she’s been warped by a power she can’t understand and tortured by doctors intent on finding its source. She now lives underground, runs a gang and is on an infamous murder spree.

Rochelle Neil (“Episodes,” “Terminator: Dark Fate”) will play Annie Carbey, a.k.a Bonfire – a career criminal who landed the ability to control fire and is happy to hire it out. No matter who she works with or for, Annie trusts only the fire.

Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark, ‘”The White Queen”) will play Mary Brighton, a resilient woman whose desire to sing led to a disappointing career and a broken engagement, but she remains strong.

Finally, Denis O’Hare (“True Blood,” “Late Night”) will play gifted American surgeon Dr. Edmund Hague who uses his skills in the coldest, most brutal way possible.

Whedon serves as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner while Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie will write and executive produce. Bernie Caulfield is also executive producing.