Deadline is reporting that Kiran Sonia Sawar, Elizabeth Berrington, Ella Smith, Viola Prettejohn, Anna Devlin and Martyn Ford are the latest names to join the cast of HBO’s straight-to-series sci-fi drama The Nevers from Joss Whedon.
The Nevers is described as a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.
Kiran Sonia Sawar (whose credits include Pure and Deep State) will be playing the role of Harriet Kaur. A young Scottish Sikh, Harriet lives with the Orphans, but is accepted by both her family and her betrothed. Optimistic without being naive, Harriet is determined to live her life as she planned, despite its increasing weirdness.
Elizabeth Berrington (whose credits include Vanity Fair and Yesterday) will be playing the role of Lucy Best. Dirt poor, adaptive, streetwise. There’s nothing delicate about Lucy, though she’s given up thieving to live with the Orphans. Her quick-wit and high spirits mask the pain of a tragic past.
Ella Smith (whose credits include Hoff The Record and Kill Your Friends) will be playing the role of Desirée Blodgett. A whore, and an increasingly popular one: her power makes men tell her everything on their minds, and they come away relieved in more than one sense. Unfortunately, what she’s heard may get her killed, even though she honestly doesn’t listen to most of it. She’s devoted to her six year old son, who, bless him, never speaks.
Viola Prettejohn (whose sole credit beside The Nevers is Counterpart) will be playing the role of Myrtle Haplisch. A middle-class girl rescued from a family who cannot understand her – literally, as she can no longer speak English, or anything resembling speech. She’s thrilled to be living at the orphanage, where she’s everyone’s favourite weird little mascot.
Anna Devlin (whose credits include 12 Monkeys and Hanna) will be playing the role of Primrose Chattoway. All 16-year-old Primrose wants is to be a proper, ordinary girl, and not take up too much space. Which, at ten feet tall, is hard. Most everything is either dreamy, unfair, or too embarrassing to live through.
Martyn Ford (whose credits include Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Final Score) will be playing the role of Nicolas Perbal, aka Odium – The quintessential henchman. He looks as unpleasant as he smells – a side-effect if his rather surprising “turn”. Will do any kind of work for anybody’s money.
They join previously cast Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Ann Skelly, Ben Chaplin, Pip Torrens, Zackary Momoh, Amy Manson, Nick Frost, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson and Denis O’Hare.
Joss Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner on the project. Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie will also be writing and executive producing the series, while Bernie Caulfield will serve as executive producer.