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

Olivia Williams, James Norton, Nick Frost, Denis O’Hare and more join lead Laura Donnelly in the upcoming sci-fi drama.


Twelve more cast members have been set for The Nevers, the new sci-fi series from Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the screenwriter behind The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s what you should know about the show:

What’s the story?
The Nevers is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women, known as “The Touched,” who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that could change the world.

Who will I recognize?
Laura Donnelly (Outlander, Tolkein) leads the series as Amalia True, the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. 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. Denis O’Hare (HBO’s Big Little Lies and True Blood) plays Dr. Edmund Hague: a gifted American surgeon who uses his skills in the coldest, most brutal way possible. 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.

What about the rest of the characters?
Also joining the cast are actors Ann Skelly (Kissing Candace) as Penance Adair, Amalia’s dearest friend and one of the first women to join her cause; 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 Beggar King; Tom Riley (Dark Heart) playing 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.”

Rounding the ensemble out are Amy Manson (Once Upon a Time) who 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. 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; 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.); and 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.

What’s going on behind the camera?
Whedon will serve as an executive producer, showrunner, writer and director on the series. Bernie Caulfield (Game of Thrones), Jane Espenson, and Doug Petrie will executive produce; Espenson and Petrie, both Buffy alumni will also write.

What should I watch while I wait for The Nevers?
Catch up with Westworld for your sci-fi fix, or Big Little Lies for a thrilling female-driven drama.

Check back for more cast announcements and updates as they are revealed.