Remember that rumor from a few weeks back that Rory Kinnear would be appearing in the new Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS? At the time I cautioned skepticism. Turns out I was half right and half wrong. News has broken that Rory Kinnear *will* be starring in the revamped series after all—but he won’t be playing the role that he is known for, that all us Dreadfuls love him for. He won’t be the Frankenstein Monster this go-round. Instead he will be playing a German doctor named Peter Craft.
Now why, I ask you, why in the blue hell would they go to the trouble of bringing back Kinnear and *not* bring back the Monster? Kinnear is a superb actor. He will bring grace and depth to any role he plays. But in this instance, I just don’t think it’ll work. The Monster wouldn’t work without Kinnear in the role, but on the flipside I don’t think the audience will want Kinnear in any role except the Monster. Of course show creator John Logan has proven that he doesn’t give a damn what the audience wants or thinks. The real question is whether or not that audience will turn out for this new ego-feeding exercise on Logan’s part. I hope it doesn’t.
Give me back my Monster, Logan, or you can kiss goodbye any chance of getting me to watch your new show.