Jim Fiscus shoots key art for Showtime’s new series “Penny Dreadful”

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Key art for “Penny Dreadful.” Photos by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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Jim Fiscus shot the key art for Penny Dreadful, a new Showtime series created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan and co-executive produced by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, who previously collaborated on the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall.

From the official description of the series, which premieres May 11:  “Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.”

The key art has been plastered all over New York City in the lead-up to the show’s debut, including a virtual takeover of Grand Central Terminal, where the images are on display everywhere from subway turnstiles to staircases. Here’s a look at some of Jim’s cast portraits, along with a few shots of the key art on view in Grand Central…

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Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler.A charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, Ethan’s charm and brash ways are catnip to the ladies. When Sir Malcolm enlists him to help in a personal quest, Ethan meets Brona Croft, a beautiful local with a mysterious past. But behind Ethan’s bright eyes lurk dark secrets. He is running from something, and his troubling past threatens to overtake him at every turn.”

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Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler. Photo by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm.A hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest, Sir Malcolm has nonetheless paid a heavy price for his exciting career. Although his stately home is filled with marvelous souvenirs of his travels, it is devoid of family and loved ones. With Vanessa’s help, he is determined to right the wrongs of his past, but his toughest journey lies ahead.

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Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm. Photo by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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Eva Green as Vanessa Ives.Poised, mysterious and utterly composed, Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. She is keenly observant — clairvoyant even — as well as an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, particularly Sir Malcolm, but they are also a heavy burden. Her inner demons are very real to her and everyone around her, and they threaten to destroy her relationships, her sanity, and her very life.”

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Eva Green as Vanessa Ives. Photo by Jim FIscus for Showtime.

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Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray.Dorian Gray is a fabulously wealthy young gentleman who is almost unnerving in his beauty. His skin seems to radiate a golden glow of intoxicating youth and promise. A recklessly abandoned sensualist, he has a devil-may-care attitude that borders on dangerous. Nothing seems to faze him, nor are any risks too great. In fact, he is unnaturally drawn to them.”

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Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray. Photo by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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Billie Piper as Brona Croft.Brona is a poor Irish immigrant to Victorian London trying to escape a dark and sordid past. The Gaelic meaning of her name is “sadness,” yet she remains lovely, spirited, and erotically alive. She forms a bond with Ethan Chandler, who will do anything for her.

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Billie Piper as Brona Croft. Photo by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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Danny Sapani as Sembene. Sembene is an African man with ritual face scarring who serves as Sir Malcolm’s sentry and confidant. He has an air of mystery about him and his heroic efforts will prove invaluable to Sir Malcolm in his personal quest.

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Danny Sapani as Sembene. Photo by Jim Fiscus for Showtime.

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The cast of “Penny Dreadful” greets visitors to New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

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