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Everything You Need to Know About Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’

Curious about the story and cast? Find out the latest on the upcoming series led by actor Laura Donnelly.


The latest series from Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the screenwriter behind The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron is on its way. Here’s what you should know about the show:

What’s the story?
In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the “Touched”: people — mostly women — who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities, some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces — to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place.

Who will I recognize?
Donnelly (Outlander, Tolkein) leads the series as Amalia, the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time, alongside Skelly (Kissing Candace) as Penance, Amalia’s dearest friend and one of the first women to join her cause. Olivia Williams (Rushmore) takes the role of Lavinia Bidlow, wealthy spinster and champion of “The Touched" who funds the orphanage where Amalia and many of them live. Tom Riley (Dark Heart) plays Lavinia’s sweet, disarming younger brother Augustus “Augie" Bidlow, a keen ornithologist who’s more than happy to let his older sister take the reins of the family fortune; and James Norton (Grantchester) as pansexual posh boy Hugo Swann, Augie’s nefarious best friend and secret club owner who’s fascinated by “The Touched.”

Rochelle Neil (Episodes) takes the role of Annie Carbey (aka Bonfire), a career criminal with the ability to control fire who came up rough and stayed that way; Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) is Mary Brighton, a gentle but resilient woman who pursued her dream of singing on stage despite a disappointing career and broken engagement; Amy Manson (Once Upon a Time) joins the cast as Maladie, a woman so warped by a power she can’t understand that she’s driven to live underground, run a gang and go on an infamous murder spree.

Also involved are Pip Torrens (The Crown) as the staunch, unflappable Lord Massen, a former General who’s determined to protect the established order from these strange people; Denis O’Hare (HBO’s Big Little Lies and True Blood) as Dr. Edmund Hague: a gifted American surgeon who uses his skills in the coldest, most brutal way possible; and Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds) who portrays Doctor Horatio Cousens, a successful West Indian physician whose fortunes took a dark turn when he met Amalia and discovered his own ability, but now works with her and the other Touched.

Rounding the ensemble out are Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges) as Lucy Best; Kiran Sawar (Black Mirror) as Harriet Kaur; Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family, Into the Badlands) portrays Declan Orrun, aka the Beggar King, a low-level crime lord who’s perfectly happy to help Amalia and her cause — and equally happy to sell them out, and Ben Chaplin (Snowden) serves as the big, gruff and deeply moral Detective Frank Mundi, a man caught between the powerful (who ignore the laws of the land) and “The Touched” (who ignore the laws of physics.)

What’s going on behind the camera?
The Nevers is created and executive produced by Whedon. Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones), Ilene S. landress, Doug Petrie, and Jane Espenson will executive produce.

Check back for more updates as they are revealed.