Two years after the cast of Carnival Row came together in Prague to start filming Season 2 of the Amazon Prime series, it is finally a wrap!
The second installment of the neo-noir drama was first officially announced on 27 July 2019, more than a month before Season 1 premiered on the streaming platform but producton suffered some severe delays due to a change in showrunners, the Covid-19 pandemic and Orlando Bloom’s paternal leave following the birth of his daughter Daisy Dove with singer/actress Katy Perry.
Bloom, who is also one of the show’s executive producers, announced in an interview with entertainment website Collider that Season 2 would be split into 2 parts.
“To keep the momentum of the show moving forward […] they are going to release the first half of the season and add one [episode].”
“We would like to go back and polish it off a little bit. I managed to get in and out and get some stuff done so we could close out that first half of the second season…”
Season 2.1 wrapped after a short re-shoot in August 2020 and cast & crew returned to Barrandov Studois in the Czech Republic in May 2021 to film the remaining 5 episodes of Season 2.2.
On 9 September 2021 several cast & crew members took to social media to celebrate the final wrap of Season 2. Amazon Prime hasn’t confirmed a release date for any of the new episode but speculation points to early 2022 for the first half and 2023 for the second.
On 30 August 2021, it will have been exactly two years since the first season of fantasy-noir drama series Carnival Row premiered on Amazon Prime. At that point season 2 was already in pre-production, the renewal having been confirmed a month prior to the release date of season 1.
So what’s the current status of season 2, when can fans expect to see it and what else do we know?
To try to answer some of our burning questions, we’ll take a look at the production timeline of season 1 in comparison to season 2. For further information on the “Evolution of Carnival Row” from a blacklisted spec script to being devolped into an Amazon Prime series, see our post here.
It seems like both seasons followed a similar production schedule and had it not been for the production hiatus following the change in showrunners, principal photography could have wrapped before the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to halt. At least parts of post-production could have been done during lockdown and S2 released in the fall of 2021.
Production could have resumed in the Czech Republic as soon as May 2020 but – with the exception of a quick re-shoot – the decision was made to wait another year, presumably to allow lead actor and executive producer Orlando Bloom time to be with his pregnant fiancée Katy Perry and (later) their newborn daughter. Instead S2 will be split in two parts with the first one being in post-production since August 2020.
When can fans expect to see the first 5 episodes of S2? Please bear in mind that the following is pure speculation at this point!
With Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime has another highly anticipated fantasy series coming out this year (rumoured to be in November 2021) and it’s not unlikely that they will team up both shows to gain more viewers for both shows. Considering that Carnival Row will only have 5 new episodes, adding it to Wheel of Time‘s 6 episodes sounds like a good idea.
The question remains which series will be the lead-in: Will we see Carnival Row or Wheel of Time first?
Only time will tell, but today’s news that actor Jamie Harris (Sergeant Dombey on Carnival Row) has been promoted to series regular might indicate that more news are to follow very soon. We are ready to see more of Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose and find out what happened to his sister Imogen and her fae lover Mr Agreus!
We are filming in Serbia in August because Ireland schedules didn’t work out. We’re super excited. Belgrade is beautiful and the crews are fabulous. Can’t wait to get cracking!
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Regarding to release date, there can be only speculation at this point. Season 1 of the Victorian mystery show began filming in early July 2019 and wrapped 2 months later in early September. The episodes premiered on Alibi channel (UK) on 31 March 2020. If Season 2 follows a similar path, we might be looking at a release date in April or May 2022. With PBS now helming productions, it is possible that the episodes will be shown on the American network first, or at least simultaneously to the UK and other countries.
The good news for Andrew Gower fans is that 4 months should be enough time to wrap filming on Carnival Row‘s Season 2.2. Czech production service company Stillking Films currently seems to be preparing for a Covid-safe return to the set of the Victorian noir series. The first half of Carnival Row Season 2 is scheduled to be released on Amazon Prime later this year and the second half can probably be expected in 2022.
There is a lot of Ezra Spurnrose and Rupert Parker to look forward to in the next 1 1/2 years!
Filming of the first half of season 2 of Victorian noir series Carnival Row finally wrapped in Prague earlier this month. Production had been halted amid the on-going Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.
During lockdown Cara Delevingne spoke to entertainment new magazine Variety and said “that she filmed six of the eight planned episodes, but she’s not sure when the season will air.” The interview, which was published in June 2020 further quotes Delevingne: “The second season is going to be so good, but I don’t know when we’re going to finish it, and probably not until the winter, because it has to be cold outside and snowing and miserable.”
“I was 3 weeks from finishing the season. To keep the momentum of the show moving forward […] they are going to release the first half of the season and add one [episode].”
“We would like to go back and polish it off a little bit. I managed to get in and out and get some stuff done so we could close out that first half of the second season which I think will tease people into wanting more which is good.”
The first half will be made of 5 episodes and the material mainly filmed before lockdown including a few addtional scenes that were re-shoot recently in Prague. The second half of the season, consisting of 4 episodes, appears to not have been filmed yet.
“There are a couple of storylines that were actually going to shoot on location in another part of Europe which Covid prevented. They were all about to go and film in Croatia, everything was set and Covid just killed that.Actually what I think is going to be more interesting is what they are doing now: they’re just taking over another giant part of the studio to build out this other world which was going to be a Croatia location and I think it’s going to be even more interesting. Because with the amount of space they’ve got to built out these worlds and the talent of people who are working on building the worlds out, it’s really rich.“
He also revealed that plans to shoot parts of S2 in Dubrovnik, Croatia had to be cancelled, also due to Corona, and that those scenes will now be shot on a new sound stage in a studio.
Orlando praised new showrunner Erik Oleson, who replaced original showrunner and creator Travis Beacham in a surprise move just after production on Season 2 had begun last autumn, and is very excited to be working with him.
Watch the full video below. Steve Weintraub and Orlando Bloom start talking about Carnival Row at the 57:45 time stamp.
Now main cast members Tamzin Merchant and David Gyasi, who play star-crossed lovers Imogen Spurnrose and Agreus Astrayon, have shared images from their return to work.
The series’ leads Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne appear to have not come back to Prague yet but this might be due to the new health and safety regulations that aims to keep the amount of people working on set at a time to an absolute minimum.
So far we can also not confirm yet that Andrew Gower, who is reprising his role as Imogen’s brother Ezra, has resumed filming but we’ll be keeping an eye out and let you know as soon as we find out.
If you like Carnival Row‘s costume design, please follow Denise Haywood Costume, who was part of Joanna Eatwell’s team in season 1 and regularly shares fascinating close-ups and BTS pictures of the costumes.
Filming season 2 of Carnival Row has been on hiatus for almost 2 months now due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and several of the show’s cast and crew have replied to fans’ concerns about the future of the show.
In an Instagram live video in support of his charity challenge for Tearfund (in which he is raising money for people living in poverty to help them deal with the effects of the corona virus) David Gyasi (who plays wealthy puck Mr Agreus) explained:
We were very close to finishing season 2 before the lockdown happened and then it was deemed that we needed to be safe. So before the lockdown, we all flew home to be with our families. I think the plan is very much to resume once we’re able to and get season 2 out to you all as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your patience.
Carnival Row was only part way into shooting season 2 and did not have enough completed on any one episode to move forward into post when everything ground to a halt in March.
Read the full interview and what he had to say about composing the iconic score for Carnival Row on his Wurlitzer theatre organ.
Finally, Andrew Gower also mentioned where things where left off when the pandemic reached Europe:
We had 4 weeks left of [filming Carnival Row], we were just about to get to Croatia, Dubrovnik, and then Trump’s […] travel ban came in, so finishing that off hopefully when – I mean what can we say when will this end, when will travel happen again? So that’s happening, which is really exciting, the series has gone bigger and better since season 1 with Mr Bloom and Ms Delevingne.
Meanwhile the Czech Republic (where Carnival Row is primarily filmed) are looking at easing the severe lockdown measures, which have been in place since mid-March, after officials declared that the Covid-19 outbreak there had been brought under control. However, resuming production on Carnival Row will also require lifting international travel bans and opening borders to allow the cast and crew to return, as well as ensuring everyone’s health and safety on set. This might be a while yet.
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In his Instagram live video this morning, David Gyasi was again asked about the future of Carnival Row and he gave a more detailed answer this time:
When will Carnival Row be back on?
That’s a good question. It’s one that a lot of people are asking.
So I will reveal to you what I know. We have filmed the majority of season 2. It’s in post-production, the stuff that we filmed ready and apparently they are very excited about it. I haven’t seen any of it but the “adult”, Amazon and Legendary, are very excited about it and cannot wait to get it out to you.
There’s a hunger and a desire to get back filming because we had to stop due to the pandemic but quite rightly they’re not going to do anything until it’s safe to do so. But we will be back is what I’m told. They’re very much planning on bringing us back.
I think… you know, I don’t know… I’m hoping before the end of the year but before that… obviously you see that thing puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it? And I’m fully aware how difficult lockdown would be without our boxsets and our films and our music and our poetry and our art and all of those things.
So I’m aware of the importance of it but I’m also made blatanly aware of the importance of health, so I think: make sure everyone’s safe and so we can safely go back to work and then don’t worry, we are very keen to bring you season 2 and hopefully season 3.
In her recent interview with entertainment magazine Variety, Cara Delevingne also addressed the production hiatus and had to dampen fans’ expectations:
It’s been a surreal year for Delevingne, as it has been for everyone. She started the winter in Prague, filming the second season of Carnival Row, where she plays the pansexual fairy Vignette. But production shut down in March due to the coronavirus, forcing her to leave the set for her home in Los Angeles. She says that she filmed six of the eight planned episodes, but she’s not sure when the season will air. “The second season is going to be so good, but I don’t know when we’re going to finish it,” Delevingne says. “And probably not until the winter, because it has to be cold outside and snowing and miserable.”
Today, the EU announced a list of countries whose citizens are free to enter the EU again from 1 July after borders were locked due to the pandemic. The USA, China and Brazil, where infection rates are still high, are not on the list. As this could be problematic to Hollywood productions like Carnival Row filming in Europe (as well as European companies working on these productions), some states are willing to make exemptions for “essential workers”.
“In relation to the EU declaring a travel ban on the U.S., please let me assure you this is not valid for economic workers but tourism travellers only. Filmmakers of all nations are welcome in the Czech Republic.”
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Apparently things are finally moving again! David Gyasi posted on his Instagram that he received a call back to work and thanked the fans for their patience:
Actor Ryan Hayes (who plays Constable Thatch) shared a picture of a nightly Prague with his followers on his Instagram. Is this a sign that the actors are already back in Prague to start completing season 2?
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Stillking Films, Carnival Row‘s production service company based in Prague, started to post daily updates in their Instagram stories about pre-production of the remaining S2 episodes. After being on hiatus for almost exactly four months, getting the whole producion machinery fired up again is taking a lot of planning and effort, especially with circumstances changed so dramatically due to the ongoing pandemic and the requirement of severe health and safety measures as some of the pictures suggest.
According to Gold Derby, Amazon Prime have listed their submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series in the run for an Emmy Award. Among the submitted titles and names are Carnival Row (in the Drama Series category) and Andrew Gower as Supporting Actor.
Of course, a submission is far from a nomination (or a win) but it’s an important first step and we are more than happy and proud to read Andrew’s name in the company of all these other distinguished talents.
In a video message posted on his Instagram account actor Orlando Bloom, who plays PI Rycroft Philostrat on Carnival Row, announced today that the show’s production would shut down for an unknown amount of time. Bloom, who is also an Executive Producer on the show, explained that this was to allow cast and crew to return home to self-quarantine amid the current coronavirus crisis.
It’s farewell from us as we go home to be quarantined. But we’re coming home to the States, at least I’m coming home to the States, because we want to get in before the quarantine. Big love everybody, stay safe out there! Self-quarantine. It seems really crazy actually this whole corona thing but do the right thing by you and your family and stay safe. In a few weeks, we’ll beat this bad boy.
The news come as a 30-day ban on anyone travelling from Europe to the USA has been put into effect, with only flights from the UK allowed into the country for now.
We can only second Orlando Bloom’s words and hope that all of Andrew Gower‘s fans stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. 🤞
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Orlando Bloom has now added the following statement to his InstaStory in response to comments by concerned fans:
It is unclear at this point how these locations fit into the plot for season 2 but it might be connected to the Spurnrose storyline which last saw Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her lover Agreus (David Gyasi) flee the city of The Burgue from her brother Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) wrath.
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Today Dubrovački Vjesnik run an article about a couple of people who showed up for the audition to become extras on the new season of Carnival Row. They also revealed that the show will film in Croatia from 29 March to 8 April.
The event will take place from 24 – 26 July 2020 at Olympia London. Andrew will only attend on Saturday, 25 July, and he’ll be joined by fellow Carnival Row actor Simon McBurney (Runyan Millworthy) with more announcements expected soon.
Tickets for the event are on sale here, and you can buy photo op tickets for Andrew as well.
Even though, Andrew Gower doesn’t appear in the video, he is confirmed to reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose and will probably be seen hunting his fugitive sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her forbidden lover Agreus (David Gyasi) in the new season.
Nathan Barr released a teaser of the soundtrack for Carnival Row on his personal Instagram page along with the information that the soundtrack will officially be released in only three days’ time on Friday, 8 November 2019!
You can find links to order and download the soundtrack from select digital stores here!
Read this interview with the composer where he talks about using “unusual” instruments like a rare Wurlitzer organ and the sound of a human femur in his creation of the beautifully haunting score for the Victorian noir series.
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As previously speculated, a delay in production of season 2 of Carnival Row seems more likely now, after the major shake up that occured earlier this month.
International Business Times states that new showrunner Erik Oleson “may decide on where he wants to take the story.” Screen Rant reports that “the show will take a short break to allow the new showrunner a chance to give his inputs and possibly take the show in a new direction if required”.
This is not the first major behind the scenes change that Carnival Row has gone through.
The recent changes had Guggenheim step down as showrunner to focus on other projects (but he will remain a consultant on the show) and the original creator Travis Beacham leave the project completely due to “creative differences” (he will be still credited as executive producer but in title only).
We can only hope that all these changes will have a solely positive effect on Carnival Row, and that the release of season 2 (expected for summer 2021) will not be delayed too much.
You can catch season 1 of Carnival Row on Amazon Prime (it’s included in your Prime membership or you can sign up for a free trial month) and enjoy Andrew Gower‘s portrayal of Ezra Spurnrose (who is confirmed to reprise his role in season 2).
Showrunner Travis Beacham is exiting the show due to “creative differences” in a mutual decision with Amazon Studios. Beacham, on whose original spec script A Killing On Carnival Row the show is based, also co-created the show with René Echevarria, who was the drama’s original showrunner and was replaced during the season 1 re-shoots by Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim is now also stepping down from the day-to-day business of running Carnival Row and handing over the reins to new showrunner Erik Oleson.
According to Deadline.com “the plan is for filming to continue during the showrunner changeover. The series may go on a brief hiatus to give Oleson time to examine the existing scripts and outlines and put his own stamp on them. That is not expected to impact the timeline for when Season 2 will be available on Prime Video.”
New showrunner Eric Oleson signed an overall contract with Amazon Studios earlier this year. His previous credits include the much praised third season of Netflix’s Daredevil(showrunner) and Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle (head writer, executive producer).
We hope this change will only have a positive effect on Carnival Row, whose first season was a big success with fans but received very mixed reviews from critics.
If the mediterranean town of Dubrovnik looks oddly familiar to you, it’s probably because it has become a very popular filming location and has doubled for example as the cities of King’s Landing and Qarth in the HBO series Game of Thronesas well as the casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
We are wondering whether this new filming location (season one was exclusively filmed in the Czech Republic, mostly at the Barrandov Studios in Prague) is in some way connected to the Spurnrose storyline which last saw Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her lover Agreus (David Gyasi) flee the city of The Burgue from her brother Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) wrath.
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FilmNewEurope.com has shared some further information on filming season 2 of Carnival Row in Croatia:
Amazon Studios will be the first major production company to film in the famous Croatian town after the City of Dubrovnik introduced a price list for public spaces. Filmmakers now have to pay up to 6,740 EUR per day for areas larger than 1,000 square meters, such as the one outside the Rector’s Palace in the Old City, where Carnival Row will be filmed.
“For filming locations alone, the City of Dubrovnik will earn between 47,160 and 53,900 EUR from Amazon Studios for Carnival Row,” said Jelka Tepešić, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik.
[…] An additional Croatian filming location will be Trsteno Arboretum in the Dubrovnik region. Embassy Films is expected to serve as the local service provider. The producers have applied for incentives through the Filming in Croatia project, which offers a 25% cash rebate for foreign productions and coproductions. […]Tanja Ladović from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre […] confirmed that Carnival Row is on their list for support.
Amazon Studios invested an estimated 1.5 billion CZK (roughly $75 million) on season 1 of Carnival Row, which was one of the most expensive projects to ever shoot in the Czech Republic, and was granted a tax rebate of more than 250 million CZK in return.
Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik
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Reddit user SRimac has recently reported that the scheduled filming in Croatia in November has been cancelled – or at least post-poned – as the entire Croatian crew has been apparently laid off.
Whether Dubrovnik will still be used as a set for season 2 at a later point is unclear.
Please keep in mind that there is no official confirmation for this and has to be seen as highly speculative.
[SRimac’s original post about Season 2 being cancelled and further comments have been deleted by now. However, the significant lack of “behind the scenes” updates from the Carnival Row cast, especially Orlando Bloom, who regularly shared updates during the filming of Season 1 via his Instagram account, seems to support the theory that production has indeed been halted.]
Pre-production for season 2 of Carnival Row is well underway but what – and when! – can we expect to find out what’s in store for our favourite characters.
Showrunners Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have recently teased a few details in an interview with Tyler Aquilina (Entertainment Weekly).
We advise you to not continue reading if you haven’t finished watching season 1 on Amazon Prime yet or want to remeain spoiler free for season 2!
After the explosive season 1 finale, what will happen to Philo and Vignette?
[Philo] is a man without a country. […] he’s not human enough for the humans, but he’s not fae enough for the fae. He kind of exists in this sort of status Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fact that, because of this decision, he has relinquished his badge. So this cloak of authority that he used to have is no longer there. […]
When we see Vignette again at the start of season 2, she’s the same character, in very, very, very different circumstances than we left her in. […] don’t forget that Vignette joined the Black Raven in season 1. So without spoiling too much, it’s very safe to say the Black Raven story line is very much Vignette’s story line.
And what’s next for our other star-crossed lovers Imogen and Agreus?
[A]s we’re putting some characters behind the wall, it felt necessary to look outwards with other stories. With Imogen and Agreus, we’re definitely looking outwards, and just from a purely visual standpoint, they’re going to find themselves in some very different environments in season 2. And they’re going to end up in some places that we’ve heard of and are probably curious about.
Will there be more politics?
[T]here’s going to be some sort of geopolitical tensions that are growing, that are sort of unrelated to what’s going on in the ghetto, but will dovetail into Imogen and Agreus’s story, and into what’s going on in Balefire Hall. And just in general in season 2, things get a bit more complex, and we start having a bit more fun with everything.
There hasn’t been an official anouncement from Amazon or the showrunners yet but judging by the production schedule season 1 went through a release date for the new episode some time in the first half of 2021 seems plausible.
(Season 1 began filming in September 2017 and was originally supposed to come out in early 2019, even before extensive re-shoots caused the delay.)
All the signs are all pointing in the right direction: season 2 of Carnival Row is coming, and, as they did during the production of season 1, the cast and crew are keeping us updated with Behind the Scenes photos via their social media accounts.
Philo (Orlando Bloom) finds himself at a manor outside the city facing Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris), who thinks Philo is the murderer of Aisling Querelle (Erika Stárková). When his attempt to shoot Philo fails, the two start talking and their conversation brings a few surprising revelations for both of them. Breakspear lets Philo go the following morning and promises to have Vignette released as well.
After her night with Agreus (David Gyasi), Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) returns to the Spurnrose house in the morning and a suspicous Ezra (Andrew Gower) tells her that he would go away for the day to inspect his new ship, the “Swan”. Imogen uses his absence to sneak back into Agreus’ house and they continue their affair. However, they are observed by Ezra, who confronts them and threatens Agreus with a gun.
Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) is in for a few unexpected turns of events himself as not everything he has been made to believe all his life turns out to be true. Back in the city, Philo is finally able to uncover the truth about the killings on Carnival Row with the help of the haruspex Aioffe (Alice Krige), and he teams up with Vignette (Cara Delevingne) to go after the Darkasher and the person controlling it.
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After being arrested, Philo (Orlando Bloom) is put in a cell with human prisoners who are told he’s a half-blood. Vignette (Cara Delevingne), who was previously put in the fae cell next to him, warms him about an attack by his fellow inmates and he is able to fight them off. Philo admits that the murdered fae singer Aisling was his mother. He and Vignette finally declare their love for each other, just before Philo is transferred to another location.
After Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) return after the auction, Imogen finds her brother Ezra (Andrew Gower) aggravated and upset over the arrest in their own home and after he learned that their father once gave refuge to a pregnant pix. He promises his sister that he will negotiate an end of her obligations to Agreus, but Imogen doesn’t seem too happy about it.
Later Ezra and Agreus meet to discuss business, and Ezra inquires about Agreus’ past as as a skipjack, a kind of bounty hunter for escaped indentured fae, and questions his morality. Afterwards Ezra tells Imogen he good news that they might be able to sever their ties with Agreus sooner than expected but Imogen reacts rather disappointed. She observes Agreus’ house and decides to give him a late night visit.
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The murder of Dr Morange (Gregory Gudgeon), a known and well liked member of The Burgue, is causing a lot of talk amongst its citizens. Erza Spurnrose (Andrew Gower) is visibly shaken by the news when he informs his sister about the death of their father’s friend. Constable Berwick (Waj Ali) and Sergeant Dombey (Jamie Harris) decide to start their own investigations which eventually lead them both to the person who is the link between all murder victims.
Sophie Longerbane (Caroline Ford) is receiving mourners after the death of her father in parliament. Intrigued, Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) observes her from the gallery and the two start talking after Sophie realizes he was spying on her. Jonah is clearly fascinated by the young and ambitious woman who seems to relish his attention. When they part, Sophie tells him that they are very much alike, but that he is still under his parents’ thumb.
Vignette (Cara Delevingne) breaks into a museum exhibiting fae artefacts from the library where she used to work in Tirnanoc, the homeland of the fae. She is arrested and taken into police custody just as Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) arrive to attend an auction. The unlike couple causes some heads to turn but after some initial nervousness, they are surprised to discover that they actually enjoy each other’s company.
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In the Spurnrose household, Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) decides to take matters into her own hands. She’s invited Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) and some of her high society friends for tea and in exchange the wealthy puck will invest in Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) next business venture. Ezra is appalled at the idea but is left with no choice.
Piety Breakspear (Indira Varma) blames Jonah’s reckless behaviour for his abduction and reminds him of the sacrifices she has made for him and his prophesized future. Later Jonah (Arty Froushan) accompanies his father to parliament to see the deceased Longerbane’s daughter, Sophie (Caroline Ford), take his seat until the next election.
Investigating two murders now, Philo (Orlando Bloom) is returning to the orphanage where he grew up and is haunted by childhood memories. Trying to uncover the truth about the gruesome deaths turns more and more into an quest into Philo’s own past. In the meantime, Vignette (Cara Delevingne) settles into her new life on Carnival Row.
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There has been another gruesome murder on Carnival Row: the headmaster of the orphanage, where Philo (Orlando Bloom) grew up, has been killed by a strange creature. While Philo is investigating the case, he encounters the killer in the sewers of The Burgue but the monster is able to get away. Philo later learns that the creature is a Darkasher, a golem made from body parts and reanimated with dark magic. Sceptical that such a thing is possible, he turns to the Haruspex (Alice Krige) for proof.
Ezra (Andrew Gower) apologizes to his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) for his harsh words over breakfast and then leaves to meet the family’s solicitor. Once he is out of the house, Imogen prepares to receive Mr Agreus (David Gyasi). She hopes to use his desire to be accepted into (human) society by getting him to invest into her brother’s endeavours but the wealthy Puck isn’t as gullible as Imogen might have thought and misinterprets her intentions.
Dahlia (Chloe Pirrie), leader of The Black Raven, suspects Vignette (Cara Delevingne) is informing on them to the police. To prove her innocence, Vignette must find the real traitor and is forced to confront him, which puts her into a great deal of danger.
Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert) is taken into custody for the abduction of Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) and attacked by the boy’s distraught father, who doesn’t believe in Longerbane’s innocence. The real kidnapper uses this chance to kill Longerbane and reveal the place where Jonah is held so he can be rescued by the police. After arriving back at home, Jonah realizes who the person was that held him hostage.
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They had a few nice things to say about the cast, …
BEACHAM: I love our cast. I adore them. First of all, they’re such kind and generous people, and they’re just a genuine pleasure to be around. […] But also, they’re incredibly talented. We have actors who you could give garbage, and they could make it look art.
… shed some light on where those unusual character names come from, …
BEACHAM: […] I got Imogen Spurnrose ‘cause I was reading a poem, and the end of one line was “spurn” and the beginning of the next line was “rose,” or something like that. It’s fun, finding those names that feel right. […] I want to find the sound that says who the character is.
… and how far ahead they’re making plans for the series, …
GUGGENHEIM: We talked a lot about where Season 2 would go, on set, and in talking about Season 2, we’ve already outlined and talked about Seasons 3 and 4.
While Philo (Orlando Bloom) is investigating the murder of former famous fae singer Aisling Querelle (Erika Stárková), the Spurnroses meet with their solicitor Mr Wigsby (Roy McCrerey) to try and find out how to get rid of their unwanted neighbour, the Puck Mr Agreus (David Gyasi). Learning there is nothing they can do legally, they decide to simply ignore him which proves to be more complicated than it sounds.
Frustrated about the situation, a drunk Ezra (Andrew Gower) “offers” Vignette (Cara Delevingne) an alternative way to reimburse him for the loss of his family’s fortune. When she refuses his advances, he tries to rape her but she is able to flee. Ezra accuses her of stealing and files a police report against her. Philo overhears this at the constabulary and buys Vignette’s contract from the Spurnroses.
Vignette finds refuge at The Tetterby Hotel, the fae brothel on Carnival Row, where her friend Tourmaline Larou (Karla Crome) works, who introduces Vignette to a rebel fae group called “The Black Raven” led by the fierce Dahlia (Chloe Pirrie). Running out of options, Vignette decides to join them despite the danger she is putting herself in.
The Chancellor’s son Jonah (Arty Froushan) is still missing after being kidnapped from Tourmaline’s room at The Tetterby Hotel. Desperate, his mother Piety suggests to seek the help of the fae witch, the haruspex Aioffe (Alice Krige) who deduces that Jonah was kidnapped by the Breakspear’s rival, Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert).
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Fans and critics unanimously agree that the Beauty and the Beast like love story between Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and Mr Agreus (David Gyasi) is one of the most compelling and intriguing storylines in Carnival Row‘s first season.
Mangala Dilip (meaww.com) talked to both actors and Andrew Gower (who plays Imogen’s brother Ezra) about their characters.
[Ezra] is probably one of the most ignorant characters I’ve ever played, maybe will play, but the beauty of ignorance is there’s always the revelation with those characters when something happens and when the truths hit home.
For ages, the homeland of the Fae was a place of myth and legend until the may empires of man arrived and warred for control af its riches. Seven years ago, this great war ended when The Republic of The Burgue withdrew abandoning the Fae to the iron fist of their rivals, The Pact. Now the Fae’s homeland is the hell from which they yearn to escape…
Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne), a fairy and fugitive in The Burgue, is the only survivor of a ship wreck which belongs to Ezra Spurnrose (Andrew Gower), thus making her an indentured servant to his family. He decides to give Vignette to his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant), a spoiled and arrogant socialite, as a lady’s maid.
Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom), Philo to his friends, is a police inspector in The Burgue and often at odds with his colleagues for being “fae-friendly”. His latest case, a series of attacks and murders, brings him to Carnival Row, the part of The Burgue where fairies and other mystical creatures have settled.
The Burgue is governed at Balefire Hall, where the Chancellor Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris) is constantly attacked by the leader of the opposition, Ritter Longerbane (Ronan Vibert) for allowing fae immigrants to stay, while the Breakspears’ son Jonah (Arty Froushan) is a regular customer at The Tetterby Hotel, a brothel on Carnival Row.
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In addition to two comic book prequels, Amazon is also releasing an audiobook centering on the fae poetry writer Tourmaline Larou, who is forced to work as a prostitute on Carnival Row.
Stephanie K. Smith, one of the show’s writers, sheds more light on Tourmaline (Karla Crome) and Vignette’s (Cara Delevingne) backstory with Tangle in the Dark, which is available for preorder from Audible and will be released on 3 October 2019.
Tourmaline Larou lives an idyllic life of learning by day and partying by night. An aspiring poet, her future promises nothing less than brilliance.
Then, Vignette Stonemoss walks through the door, and Tourmaline’s world is upended.
As she struggles to understand the effect this stranger has on her, Tourmaline and her fellow fae face a looming threat from the human world. War is on the horizon, and their very existence is at stake.
And Tourmaline will discover whether love will save her – or destroy her.
As always we have started uploading full sets of screencaps of Andrew’s scenes from all his episodes in our Gallery here! Please bear with us for a couple of days as they’re quite a few but we’ll keep updating this post with the screencaps that are available as soon as they are.
On the question what attracted them to their respective characters, Andrew answered:
I hadn’t read a script that has female characters so shaped and so formed and living and challenging the men in a Victorian period film is something that is really refreshing. […] That sort of works for me right now as an actor who is attracted to those projects consistently, and that is the work I’ve done in the past and this specifically is the one that I went, “Ah, we’re dealing with female characters that we haven’t dealt with before, and I get to be in scenes with them.
We can’t wait to see Andrew in yet another series set in Victorian times (the “real” one this time) with a strong female lead in Miss Scarlet and the Duke!
He further explained about his Carnival Row character Ezra and how he approached him:
I think a lot of people like to keep things out of how they are because they’re terrified of change. Why do you put a woman in a corset to stop her challenging you? Why do women and men sit in different rooms so they can’t gossip? I read this etiquette book to play Ezra and it was really helpful, because every time I was in a scene with my sister [Imogen], she was breaking every etiquette rule in that book, so basically, that’s obviously going to make me angry because she’s not abiding…
19 August 2019: Tim Goodman for The Hollywood Reporter
Carnival Row mixes deep mythological elements with a creatively bleak, timeless setting (recalling the Victorian era) and contemporary issues of race, class, immigration and sexual identity. […]
Carnival Row has a strong cast and if you’re in the open-minded mood to see how humans, fairies and inter-species creations fight to get along in a dark world of magical realism and Jack the Ripper-era British police tactics — replete with political machinations, an otherworldly serial killing spree and disparate tribes of combatants — then this is precisely your stew.
The fine supporting cast includes Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) as a powerful politician and his scheming wife; David Gyasi (Interstellar, Cloud Atlas) as a rich outcast; Simon McBurney (The Loudest Voice) as a theater actor and key piece to a larger murder mystery; and Karla Crome (The Victim, Misfits) as a fae prostitute and best friend to Vignette. All give strong performances, as do Andrew Gower and Tamzin Merchant as brother-and-sister aristocrats with sinking fortunes.
Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) […] finds herself and her contract in the home of the sniveling Ezra Spurnrose (Andrew Gower), his petulant, marriage-obsessed sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant, a series standout), and their faun housekeeper Afissa (Tracey Wilkinson). The Spurnroses have a mysterious wealthy new neighbor, who himself is a faun—the handsome, brooding Mr. Agreus (David Gyasi), who’s met with snobbery at best and hostility and prejudice at worst. It’s prickly. Luckily for Vignette, this is a city where you are bound to run into everyone you’ve ever met without much effort.
[Travis] Beacham’s world is richly textured […] and directors like Thor Freudenthal and Jon Amiel capture that texture, even luxuriate in it.[…] When the storytelling approaches the level of the world-building and subsequent production design, it can be engaging, even enthralling. […]
Each and every member of the cast acts their little hearts out, and each and every corner of this world could not possibly be more Carnival Row. Like many a silly novel, it is a shambles, but an enjoyable one, and […] you’ll be rewarded with a long, messy, and satisfying distraction.
It’s a fable about refugees and immigrant discrimination written to reflect the crises and cruelties of our times. It’s a tale of clashing cultures and warring belief systems. But it’s also a Victorian-style murder mystery in which a Jack the Ripper-style killer is hunting unsuspecting fae. […]
Carnival Row is a visual splendor, make no mistake about that. Even when the setting is at its dingiest, its directors Thor Freudenthal and Jon Amiel draw the eye to the beauty in the muck, making the loveliest scenes glow all the richer. Of course the real test is how well the CGI sells the fairy flights and mid-air skirmishes, and it passes on both counts. The fae wings, when unfurled, are enviable. […]
The divided world of the Burgue is harrowing enough to navigate with a killer on the prowl. Then add in the drama’s array of subplots only loosely connecting most parties during the first four episodes of season one, and at times, keeping all the stories in order feels akin to sorting through entrails — though much lovelier, of course, and peddled by extraordinary actors.
Andrew was very philosophical about [expectations being a tricky thing], saying “People are gonna like the show, and people are not gonna like the show. But that in itself is the show.” […]
Andrew had the perfect example […], in the way he approached a character like Ezra, who is very much not the hero of this tale. “I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t read anybody’s storyline other than my own because I was like: That’s what Ezra would do.”
In her review of the show Lissette Lanuza Sáenz also added:
[…] the storyline involving Imogen, Agreus and Ezra [is] the strongest of them all. In fact, Imogen’s journey throughout the series, though a little predictable, has enough gravitas to it that in the end, I didn’t just feel for her, I wanted her to win, and Ezra’s turn as, well, a Victorian man, through and through, is acted so convincingly that you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for him.
From Legendary Comics come two prequel one-shot companions to introduce the show’s main protagonists Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and their backstories.
“From the Dark” follows Rycroft Philostrate as he adjusts to his life in The Burgue, and the memories of his former life intertwine with a mystery that will take him through the strange city streets that he now calls home. A recent bomb attack has only intensified the situation. Can he find the people responsible before there is another explosion?
“Sparrowhawk” features Vignette and her fellow Fae, who after finding their homeland under attack, must fight and sacrifice in order to reach safety. Mythical powers only count for so much, when the other side has them too. Will they find the refuge they are looking for or does an even bigger threat wait for them?
The comics are already available on ComiXology. Both are free for the first week of release, but will cost $0.99 after 4 September 2019.
After scouting new locations in and around Dubrovnik in Croatia and a quick trip to Los Angeles (CA) for the world premiere of Carnival Row, creator Travis Beacham is back in Prague, presumably preparing to begin filming the second season of the fantasy series.
At the same time, the Czech casting agency Extrafilms is looking for extras to play “pucks” in the new season. According to their website shooting starts in the second half of September.
CARNIVAL ROW 2. série – natáčení od druhé půlky září
(CARNIVAL ROW Season 2 – shooting from the second half of September)
If you’re interested in playing a faun (“puck” is a derogatory term for these mythical creatures) in season 2, you can contact Extrafilms via e-mail. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.
MEZI 10. a 15.9. budou probíhat choreografické zkoušky, kde se budou potvrzovat noví adepti choreografkou.
(Between 10. and 15.9. there will be choreographic tests where new applicants will be confirmed by the choreographer.)
Here are two new production images from Carnival Row showing the Spurnrose household. Pictured above are siblings Ezra (Andrew Gower) and Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) at their lushly decorated home.
Thank you to production designer François Séguin for sharing these pictures of the absolutely stunning set design with us. Check out his website for more photos here.
For more images from Carnival Row have a look at our Gallery.
Twitter user Shannon Corbeil asked Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham (pictured above with actress Tamzin Merchant who plays Imogen Spurnrose on the fantasy noir series) how the script called A Killing on Carnival Row for a full length feature film Beacham wrote in 2005 ended up as an Amazon Prime series coming out in 2019.
Beacham was happy to answer in a series of tweets and it’s an interesting read!
1) So Carnival Row was a short film I wrote in film school, wanting to direct. Born from a litany of bizarre influences. Dickens, The Third Man, Brassaï, Jack the Ripper lore, Celtic mythology, etc. But to my chagrin, the faculty balked at making it.
2) My screenwriting teacher convinced me to write the feature. This felt like the height of indulgence. I ADORED it but could not imagine anyone else would. It was so dense & weird. Then an alumni interning in LA asked me to send it to him, which I did, thinking nothing of it.
3) A month or so later, he calls me (still in film school) and says, “You should know you’re going to start getting phone calls.” And my life, truly, was never the same after that. Within a year, I had agents, I’d met Guillermo del Toro, and Carnival Row was on the Black List.
4) It was very warmly received in Hollywood, and sold to New Line, but quickly proved almost impossible to make for a host of dull reasons. So it became kind of a sacrificial lamb in my mind. This pure thing I loved intensely that had to die so I could have a career.
5) And it really was very dead. But it kept coming up. Years later, I’d still get asked in meetings, “Carnival Row, I loved that script. What’s going on with that one?” And I’d have to force a smile & say, “Oh I don’t know,” while thinking — you are never going to see that one.
6) But at some point, shortly after I took a bit of a thumping on an unrelated pilot experience, Legendary acquires Carnival Row from New Line. And Thomas Tull calls to ask, “So what do you think about making this as a tv show?” And like that, it wasn’t dead anymore.
7) Finally, we shopped it around. Amazon happily snapped it up. We wrote it. Hired a crew. Found a cast. Went to Prague. Built the Row. Shot the whole thing. And it’s coming out on August 30th, in open defiance of the natural order. #CarnivalRow
8) And I don’t know what lessons there are to draw. It’s still so surreal to me that it’s happening. I know people reach for comparisons b/c they have to, I guess, but to me it’s this thing that’s been in my life for ages and is suddenly real. Which is the craziest part.
Created by Travis Beacham and René Echevarria, Carnival Row takes place on an alternate earth where fae and other mythical creatures roam under the sneering eye of mankind, who have systematically decimated their kind bit by bit. And the tension is only growing as a string of murders within the mythic community seeks to undo what little peace remains.
What makes Carnival Row work is its commitment to launching into this kind of world with fleshed-out ideas. Since the series is choosing to take the path of claiming the world is as it is and not going the route of having the creatures be revealed as having lived in secret for generations, more care needed to be taken into crafting a world that feels lived in. And that care is clear and present from the first frame.
There will be those that try and compare the series to Netflix’s lackluster feature film attempt at this idea, Bright. But, where that film failed is where Carnival Row succeeds. There is never a moment of adjustment with the show. Once you’re in, you’re in. Very quickly, one stops viewing the characters as creatures and just starts viewing them as personalities, and that is no small feat.
Additionally, not only are the technical aspects just some of the most gorgeous artistry on television right now, the story is very followable, which is something many shows like this have a problem with. Audiences should have as easy a time getting into this world as they did for the likes of The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.
One of the […] subplots is a regency-style drama about venal aristocrats distressed to find they must share their fashionable address with a horned and hoofed newcomer. Tamzin Merchant sinks her teeth into the role of a spiteful ingenue whose naive games descend into darkness.
The whole thing is underpinned by layers of subtext dealing with racism, immigration and colonialism […] and weave[s] timely themes in among the pseudo-historical shenanigans and lurid action, taking in those who grease the wheels of oppression for their own benefit and a society that denigrates others while secretly enjoying their company.
A second season has already been confirmed, and the series does end strongly with seismic changes for the fantasy city.
David Gyasi portrays Agreus who develops a relationship with the human Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) to the chagrin of her brother Ezra (Andrew Gower). We also see the animosity from the police forces and political leadership, including Absalom Breakspear (Jared Harris) and his wife Piety (Indira Varma). The cast here truly are an ensemble with even relative newcomers Anna Rust and Karla Crome fleshing out their supporting roles.
[…] it is the character work led by Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne that makes this show interesting. If not for seeing characters with horns in almost every scene, you could easily take this as a period drama dealing with political and racial themes in a real world setting. As a testament to Travis Beacham‘s original story, Carnival Row comes across as a fully realized world that doesn’t play like anything else currently on television.
The pictures shared by Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim show the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Fantasy fans might recognize the town on the Adriatic sea as the set of King’s Landing in HBO hit series Game of Thrones, the show that has been suggested Carnival Row is replacing.
Carnival Row season 1 will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime on Friday 30 August 2019. We have no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose for another season.
“It’s hugely ambitious and it was only when we were on the ground and physicalizing so many different aspects of the character development that you could see there were some gaps that we needed to fill in and we’re very blessed that Amazon believes in the show and were right behind it. The confidence to do those reshoots was the greatest gift to us. I’m so grateful that we got to go back and do another take of some of the first work we did.”
Creator Travis Beacham, on whose film script the series is based, added:
“The advantage of when you have a true series order like this is that you shoot all eight episodes, then you can go back and look at the whole and watch as well as we can watch. Are we setting up the things that pay off as well as we can set them up? It’s a function of the size of it and the scope of what we’ve been allowed to do.”
“There’s stigma when it comes to reshoots but increasingly in this world of peak TV where shows are getting bigger and bigger, it becomes necessary.”
Following the announcement that another season of Carnival Row is in the works, Amazon also released another teaser trailer and this one finally gave us the first official look at Ezra Spurnrose played by Andrew Gower.
Watch this gif of the short sequence that features Ezra with his sister Imogen (Tamzin Merchant).
Great news as it is now official: Carnival Row has been picked up for a second season by Amazon and it’s already in development!
The signs have been there for a while from head writer Travis Beacham mentioning talks about another season back in February 2019 to the addition of writer Marc Bernadin to the writing team in March 2019 after principal photography for season 1 had ended.
Variety and Deadline reporting the news now confirms all previous speculation. Big congratulations to the entire cast and crew on this amazing accomplishment (34 days before the release of the show’s first season)!
Unfortunately there is no information yet whether Andrew Gower will reprise his role as Ezra Spurnrose.
Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime on 30 August 2019!
For everyone not being able to attend San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Amazon Prime have released two brand new trailers for their upcoming fantasy series Carnival Row, giving us a more detailed look into this new world and its two main characters, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom).
The eight-part series, from René Echevarria, Travis Beacham and Legendary Television, is set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. The growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row. […]
Amazon Prime is promoting its annual Amazon Prime Day and its Amazon Music subscription service with a special concert featuring Taylor Swift on Wednesday 10 July 2019. Prime Members can watch the concert, which will take place in an unknown location in New York City, live at 9:00pm ET (2:00am BST / 3:00am CET). It will also be available to Prime members to stream on-demand after the live show for a limited time with select songs from each performance.
The two-hour special will also feature live performances by Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G. The “Prime Day Concert” will be hosted by comedian-actress Jane Lynch.
Why is this important to us?
During the 2019 Prime Day Concert, Amazon will promote “Carnival Row,” the upcoming Amazon original fantasy drama series starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, slated to premiere Aug. 30.
Let’s hope Amazon Prime will not only make parts of the concert available to watch later on but also the (presumably) new material they’re releasing for Carnival Row, and hopefully it will give us a first look at Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose!
In addition to the concert in New York City, there will also be concerts in London (UK) featuring Rita Ora on 10 July 7:45pm at a “secret location in East London” and at “Muffathalle” in Munich (Germany) with performances by Die Fantastischen Vier and Clueso on Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 6:00pm (CET).
The majority of tickets to the event are being reserved exclusively for Prime members who are invited to enter the competition from today for a chance to win a pair at www.amazon.co.uk/primedayparty. There will also be a limited number of tickets at the door on the day – available to everyone on a first come, first served basis.
The same promotional content for Amazon Prime’s upcoming and returning series, including Carnival Row, is expected during the live streaming of both concerts.
The German website film.tv has some new information on Carnival Row, Andrew’s upcoming fantasy series.
According to film.tv, Amazon Prime will release a German dubbed version on their streaming platform on Friday, 22 November 2019 after the world wide release of the English original on Friday, 30 August 2019.
Their news article also gives some additional clues about Ezra Spurnrose, Andrew’s character:
Andrew Gower (Outlander – Die Highland Saga) als Ezra Spurnose, der neurotische Sohn eines wohlhabenden Uhrmachers, der kürzlich das Vermögen seines verstorbenen Vaters bei dem gefährliche Unternehmen verzockt hat, Wanderarbeiter aus den Heimatländern der Feen zu überführen
Andrew Gower (Outlander) plays Ezra Spurnrose, the neurotic son of a prosperous watchmaker, who’s lately gambled his deceased father’s fortune on the considerably more risky enterprise of ferrying migrant workers from the fae homelands.
Ezra sounds more and more like a great character for Andrew to play, doesn’t he?
Read more German news about Carnival Row on film.tv:
According to actor Ryan Hayes‘s Instagram, who will play Constable Hatch in Andrew‘s upcoming fantasy-noir series Carnival Row, the Amazon Prime production is in its final stages! The actor was called in for an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) session which is usually done towards the end of the editing and post-production process.
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne will star in the series that is scheduled to be released later this year.
With his roles in the upcoming final season of Poldark, Carnival Row and his guest appearance on Midsomer Murders, fans of Andrew Gower really have a lot to look forward to this year!
[U]nlike Thrones, Carnival Row will take place in a vaguely futuristic city (albeit with Victorian-era touches, in a steampunk sort of way), and instead of ongoing wars and battle scenes, it will instead take on the form of a neo-noir mystery. Still, there’s not only enough that appears to be in the show’s DNA (including magical creatures and scheming members of a ruling upper class) to hook Thrones fans, but a few familiar faces from the Thrones cast will appear as well (in addition to veterans of the Outlander, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Misfits franchises).
What is Carnival Row even about?
Essentially, it’s a fantasy series about the tensions of an immigration crisis.
It all takes place in the “neo-Victorian” city of Burgue, a city dominated by humans, but tensions emerge when magical creatures like elves and faeries start fleeing to the city as refugees once war breaks out in their homeland. As seems to be unfortunately natural to humans, they don’t react too kindly to the outsiders. To make matters worse, a bunch of the newly arrived faeries end up murdered, including at least one faerie showgirl in the part of the city known as the titular “Carnival Row.” Most of the humans don’t really seem to care until a lone detective decides to take up the case. [Orlando] Bloom plays that detective, named Rycroft Philostrate, while [Cara] Delevingne plays a faerie known as Vignette Stonemoss.[…]
Who else is in the cast?
Indira Varma [Ellaria Sand, Game of Thrones] plays Piety Breakspear, who is described as “the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of the Burgue.” […]
Misfits vet Karla Crome plays another faerie with a gift for poetry who is forced to work in a brothel to survive.
[…] Tamzin Merchant [Running Naked, Ark], the actress who was originally cast as Daenerys in Throne‘s ill-fated original pilot episode, also has a major role.
Merchant (Salem) and Andrew Gower (Outlander) play brother and sister Imogen and Ezra Spurnrose. They hail from a wealthy family that’s falling on tough times, so they enter a business deal with a “Puck” who has moved across the street. And, in a bit of a taboo move, Imogen may or may not be falling in love with that Puck.
If you ever wanted to see Andrew play football (and we know you do!) here’s your chance!
Ross Owen of The Ross Owen Show is organizing a charity football match for the Airdrie Community Trust and Andrew has agreed to join the “Legends” team who will play against the AllStar team on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.
Pre-match entertainment starts at 11am and includes X-Factor’s Garry Greig and Mark the Piper. Kick-off is at 1pm.
Good news as a second season of Carnival Row seems more and more likely to happen – as incredible as it sounds with so little information about season 1.
Only a few months away from the 10th anniversary of the Battlestar Galactica finale airing, actress Tricia Helfer presents a podcast called “Battlestar GalactiCast” in which she revisists episodes of the show with her co-host, journalist and writer Marc Bernadin.
In their latest editon, Marc Bernadin now revealed that he most recently joined the writing team for Carnival Row, which – he says – comes to Amazon Video “at some point later this year”. Assuming season 1 is well into post-production by now, this can only mean the team is already busy with developing the next season.
Of course, there is no way of confirming whether Andrew will renew his role as Ezra Spurnrose for another season but we feel this is a strong indicator that the producers at Amazon Video feel very confident about their new series.
You can listen to the “Battlestar GalactiCast” Season 1 Episode 12 on Spotify:
We’re still waiting for a release date, a first teaser trailer or even some official promo pictures but Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Tamzin Merchant and Andrew Gower, is surely creating a lot of buzz already. Several websites in different languages have put it on their lists of “shows to look out for in 2019”!
Follow one of the links to read the news in your language:
Río Negro – Las series que se vienen en el 2019 (21 December 2018)
Quartzy – All the 2019 movies and TV shows you need to know about (27 December 2018)
Dziennik Lodzki – Seriale 2019: Premiery Netflix, HBO, VoD Disney, DC Universe, Amazon. Czy Wiedźmin strąci „Grę…” z tronu?
BT.com – TV preview: Which shows should you look out for 2019? (29 December 2018)
Glamour Paris – Les 28 séries les plus attendues de 2019 (31 December 2018)
The Sunday Post – Line of Duty, The Crown, Killing Eve, Game of Thrones, Curfew and Carnival Row: The TV to watch out for in 2019 (01 January 2019)
Snob.ru – Сожительствующие вампиры, маленький Антихрист и исповедь перед казнью. 10 самых ожидаемых сериалов 2019 года (3 January 2019)
Caracol Radio – La hora de la verdad para las series de 2019: ‘Game of Thrones’ ¿y qué más? (3 January 2019)
Melty.fr – Roswell New Mexico, Sex Education, The Passage… Les nouveautés séries qui vont nous faire kiffer en 2019 (3 January 2019)
HomeCinema Magazine – Streamingdiensten: het verleden, het heden en de toekomst (4 January 2019)
Intex-Press – Топ-10. Какие сериалы смотреть в 2019 году (5 January 2019)
Kleine Zeitung – Niemand verlässt das Haus! Game of Thrones & Co: Ein Ausblick auf das Streamingjahr 2019 (5 January 2019)
El País – Las series que marcarán 2019 (6 January 2019)
Konbini – Les 25 nouvelles séries qui vont crever l’écran en 2019 (8 January 2019)
The Prague Reporter interviewed Prague born British actress Anna Rust who’ll be playing Fleury in Andrew’s upcoming series Carnival Row.
What can audiences expect to see in Carnival Row?
A great story, brilliant cast and an absolute and utter visual delight. It’s set in a fictional neo-Victorian fantasy world, in which humans and mythical creatures live alike, and follows the investigation of the murder of a fairy showgirl on Carnival Row. It has a somewhat film-noir feel to it. There’s nothing quite like this show.
Can you tell me anything about your character, Fleury?
Fleury is a mischievous fairy living on Carnival Row. You’ll have to wait till 2019 to find out more!
Carnival Row is set in a fantasy world full of mythical creatures; how much of that did you get to experience on set through practical effects & set design?
The majority of filming took place in a studio, which meant most of the sets were built uniquely for the show. The set designers added so much detail to every part of the world – just stepping onto those sets was magical.
Carnival Row shot for six months in Prague. What kept the cast & crew busy when not filming?
A lot of us weren’t permanently in Prague so we shuttled between the U.K. and Prague whenever needed, but when we had downtime, we did lots of lovely dinners, get-togethers, drinks… As we soon realised, Prague has no shortage of great places to go out!
The Austrian online paper “Kleine Zeitung” also reported about the “Amazon Prime Presents” event at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London this week (English summary below):
Ganz vorne mit dabei ist sicher “Carnival Row“: Die von René Echevarria und Travis Beacham entwickelte Serie, die kommendes Jahr bei Prime Video starten soll, handelt von einer magischen Welt, in der mythische Kreaturen ihre Heimat verlassen müssen und auch eine gute Portion Krimi mit von der Partie ist. “Mir war einfach wichtig, dass dabei auch gesellschaftspolitische Themen verhandelt werden”, sah Cara Delevingne eine Parallele zwischen Fiktion und Realität. “Immigration ist allgegenwärtig, und man muss darüber diskutieren.”
Ähnlich sah es ihr Co-Star Bloom, könne man mit dieser “Fantasywelt” doch einen “Blick von außen auf unsere Gesellschaft” werfen. “‘Carnival Row‘ ist dabei wie nichts, was ich zuvor gelesen habe.” Viktorianische Einflüsse seien ebenso dabei wie Steampunk-Anleihen. “Und letztlich können wir in diesem Rahmen größere Fragen verhandeln.” Delevingne, die eine Fee spielt, sieht in ihrer Rolle auch eine “Empfehlung” an die Menschheit. “Dieses Volk nimmt nur von der Natur, was es braucht, gibt aber auch etwas zurück. Außerdem ist sie eine Überlebende, sie kämpft, ganz egal was man ihr entreißt.”
Für beide Schauspieler sind es die ersten Gehversuche im Serienfach. “Es war toll, mit vier verschiedenen Regisseuren zusammenzuarbeiten”, so Bloom. “Dadurch bekommst du immer wieder einen neuen Zugang zu dieser Story, was eine echte Entwicklung nach sich zieht. Diese Flexibilität habe ich sehr genossen, es war gleichzeitig aber auch eine Herausforderung.” Nicht zuletzt die an verschiedenen Orten abgehaltenen Dreharbeiten brachten den Hollywoodstar ins Schwärmen. “Was sie etwa in Prag aufgebaut haben, war unglaublich. Diese Detailverliebtheit: Das ist wirklich ein Zeichen dafür, welche Größe diese Serie erzielen will.”
This summary was done by the author of this blog post. Please keep in mind that the quotes have been translated from English to German and then back to English, so we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy:
Carnival Row is set in a magical world where mythical creature have to leave their home, and it also includes a murder mystery.
Cara Delevingne sees a paralell between fiction and reality and says it was important to her that the show addresses social and political themes. “Immigration is omnipresent and we meed to discuss it.”
She also sees her character, a fairy, as some kind of “recommendation” for humanity: “It’s a people who only take from nature what they need but they also give back. She’s also a survivor, she keeps fighting no matter what is taken away from her.”
Orlando Bloom adds that with this fantasy world you get to take a look at our society from the outside. “Within this framework, we can address bigger questions” and “Carnival Row is unlike anything I’ve read before.”
For both actors it was the first time working on a multi-episode show and they enjoyed working with four different directors. Orlando Bloom liked the flexibility and calls it an advantage but also a challenge to access the story with a new perspective with each director. He was particularly impressed by the film sets in Prague, especially the attention to detail. “It’s a sign which greatness the show is goingt to achieve.”
“Der Tagesspiegel” also features an article about the event but Carnival Row only gets a brief mention.
On 2 October 2018 Amazon Prime Video presented some of their new and recurring shows to the press and invited guests in London, among them Andrew’s new show Carnival Row.
We have no indication that Andrew attended the event but lead actors Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne spoke about the show, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.
According to Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row addresses “social and political themes. Immigration, classism and racism, important themes that need to be addressed more and more. It’s fantasy that we have never seen before”. She added: “The part I play has so much fire… Other characters and the story relate to what is happening in the world right now.”
The series follows an investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. Orlando [Bloom] is playing Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector, and Delevingne will be seen as a faerish refugee who flees her homeland to come to the Burgue.
About her character Vignette Stonemoss, “a fairy fleeing persecution”, Cara Delevingne said: “She is a survivor. She has been a victim but doesn’t know what is she surviving for now. Everything has been taken away from her. Her culture and her family.”
Her co-star Orlando Bloom described the show as a “sort of Dickensian, steam-punk, Victorian world with these remarkable and beautiful mythical creatures”, and added: “When I got to Prague and saw the set they had built I was blown away, it was truly remarkable.”
Head of comedy at Amazon Joe Lewis said in a statement:
There has never been a series like Carnival Row before.
The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before.
A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what René [Echevarria], Travis [Beacham] and Paul [McGuigan] are creating and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.
In their September issue Mix Magazine talked with award winning composer Nathan Barr (True Blood) about his “Stunning New Studio, a Rare Wurlitzer Organ, and the Tones of a Human Femur”. Apparently both of these unusual “instruments” will play a part in composing the soundtrack for his current project Carnival Row:
Currently, Barr is scoring two projects — Amazon Studio’s upcoming fantasy drama series Carnival Row and Universal Pictures and Amblin’s fantasy adventure film The House with a Clock in Its Walls, opening in theaters this month.
For Carnival Row, Barr’s left-of-center sound palette incorporates some of his more esoteric instruments, such as a glass armonica (designed by Benjamin Franklin in 1761) that he occasionally plays with steel drum mallets, a nyckelharpa, and the bottom pedals of the Wurlitzer Theater organ, which are capable of producing a low, rumbling growl. But the most unusual instrument Barr chose is the kanglang.
“It’s a human femur from Tibet that’s probably 150 to 200 years old. Some monks when they die have portions of their bones turned into trinkets or instruments,” Barr explains. “The kanglang produces a strange, incredibly unique sound that’s somewhere between music and sound design.”
I had a vision when I moved out here 20 years ago of a big, beautiful room to record music in and sort of having different stations, where I could bounce around from keyboards to strings to whatever, and that’s kind of what it’s become when we’re not recording orchestra. I’m doing a show right now at Amazon called Carnival Row, and I’m using the Wurlitzer quite a bit in that—sort of almost as a synth. So we have the organ on and in place and mic’d most of the time. So I can just sit down, and then we’ve got a picture up on the stage as well.
This sounds really intriguing and we can’t wait to hear the finished result – along with seeing Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose in early 2019!
Carnival Row was originally sold as a spec script by Travis Beacham all the way back in 2005, and passed through the hands of directors like Guillermo del Toro […] and Neil Jordan at various stages of its development.
According to Deadline.com, Andrew was cast in a recurring role in a new show for Amazon Prime.
Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows the investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. It’s slated for premiere in 2019.
Gower will play Ezra Spurnrose, the scion of one of the most prominent families in the Burgue. When a business deal sours he finds himself under financial straights and reluctantly agrees, at his sister Imogen’s behest, to enter into a partnership with a wealthy Puck who has moved in across the street. When he begins to suspect that Imogen is falling in love with the Puck, Ezra will stop at nothing to protect his family’s reputation.