After weeks of teasers, previews, and an official trailer, Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is ready to weave its magic when the series premieres this Sunday, April 26. Set in 1938 Los Angeles and created/written by original series creator John Logan, Det. Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto), and Det. Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) find themselves embroiled in a murder case that looks to shock the city to its core. As tensions rise and dangers mount, the investigation begins taking on apocalyptic proportions as war is waged between powerful sisters Madga (Natalie Dormer) and Santa Muerte (Lorenza Izzo) to determine the fate of all mankind.
Up to this point, viewers were given a look at both respective storyline but lately, we're learning more and more how it all could tie together. That becomes even clearer in the second official trailer, released on Monday. For Magda, it's about anything to anyone at any time. Friend, advisor, confidant, lover: Magda can be the dream you need or the nightmare you deserve. Your choice, or is it? In the following clip, Dormer shows us the different sides to Magda, and if those "parts" give us a better sense of who the demon truly is:
Det. Vega and Det. Michener's investigation takes the partners down the dark roads of Los Angeles' history, from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore to the dangerous influences of both the Third Reich and rising radio evangelism. For Vega, it's about balancing his Mexican-American heritage with his responsibilities as a detective while grappling with racism, childhood trauma, and issues of faith. Michener's a veteran officer, Vega's partner, and mentor, who is wise to the ways of the world and ruthless in getting what he wants. Magda is a demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests herself in a number of forms throughout the season. Charismatic, clever, and chameleonic, Magda can be an invaluable ally or a deadly enemy. Santa Muerte is the Angel of Holy Death and Magda's sister, and someone who holds a slightly more favorable opinion of what humanity still has to offer.
Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels also stars Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Rory Kinnear, Kerry Bishé, Brent Spiner, Amy Madigan, John Logan, Adam Rodriguez, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominic Sherwood, Ethan Peck, and Lin Shaye. Logan and Michael Aguilar (Kidding) serve as executive producers, along with the Neal Street Productions' Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, the original series' executive producers. James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer, with Logan's Desert Wolf Productions producing. Paco Cabezas (American Gods, Deadly Class) is on board to direct the series premiere and possibly additional episodes.