Carnival Row: Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne combine fantasy and detectives in Amazon Prime Video's fantastical new drama

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in the Amazon Prime Original series.

Carnival Row is one of the most intriguing and highly anticipated new fantasy series of 2019.

One half Victorian detective drama, one half, fairies and monsters living with humans, the show is an original blend of styles and tones.

Its incredible cast includes Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne and its themes around immigration and refugees are timely and poignant considering current affairs around the world.

Exclusive: The cast of Carnival Row reveal Secrets from the Set to BT TV

 

"Having been part of another fantasy genre movie I was a little bit familiar with that world but I really honestly felt like I'd never seen anything like this before," said Orlando Bloom at the UK launch.

Cara Delevingne said: "I was so in fear of it but also so fascinated by it and if I hadn't got the role I know I would still be thinking about it to this day, It sparked a fire inside of me. The world that got presented to me after that was fully jaw-dropping, I couldn’t have imagined a world more terrifying and amazing, immersive, dynamic and insane."

When is Carnival Row released?

Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video

Carnival Row is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.

The series has eight episodes.

What is Carnival Row?

Carnival Row - Coming to Amazon Prime Video on August 30th 2019

Carnival Row is a Victorian fantasy series, based in a universe where two different worlds – one filled with humans and one filled with mythological creatures are forced to co-exist.

The creatures have to abandon their exotic homelands and become immigants living alongside humans. They are restricted in the way they live their lives, forbidden to live, love or fly with freedom.

Orlando Bloom plays a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate, and Cara Delevingne plays his former flame and refugee faerie Vignette Stonemoss.

Their romance is a dangerous affair in an intolerant society and Vignette is keeping secrets from Philo, which could place the detective in grave danger.

All of this takes place alongside Philo’s latest and most important case -  a series of gruesome murders that are threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.

 

Who is in the Carnival Row cast?

Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video

Alongside Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne are an incredible cast including Simon McBurney (The Borgias), who plays Runyan Millworthy, an eccentric traveling showman who leads a troupe of strange creatures called kobolds back to the city where he began his once proud, now fading career.

David Gyasi (Interstellar) plays Agreus, a mysteriously wealthy faun who moves into an affluent human neigbourhood, defying the social order.

Tamzin Merchant (Salem) plays Imogen Spurnrose, a young woman who believes Agreus could be her opportunity to turn her aristrocratic family’s fading fortine around.

Andrew Gower (Outlander) is Ezra Spurnrose, a 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.

Karla Crome (Under the Dome) will be Tourmaline, a quick-witted faerie poet driven from her war-torn homeland.

Arty Froushan (Knightfall) is Jonah Breakspear, a compulsive playboy whose carousing in the brothels of Carnival Row threatens to destroy his father's political legacy.

Caroline Ford (Once Upon A Time) plays Sophie Longerbane, a ceaselessly clever and mysterious young noblewoman who's grown up sequestered away by her tyrannical father.

Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) plays Piety Breakspear, the regal and cunning matriarch of the powerful family that rules the city of The Burgue.

Finally, Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men, The Terror) plays Absalom Breakspear, the imperious and secretive Chancellor of the Burgue, besieged by political enemies from all sides.

Who is Cara Delevingne?

Cara Delevingne will star in Amazon Prime Video's Carnival Row

Actress, musician and style icon Cara Delevingne is one of the most recognizable faces in the world.

Since her film debut in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina in 2012, Delevingne has continued to make her mark on the big screen. She’s since starred in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, Chris Foggin’s Kids in Love, Joe Wright’s Pan, Jake Schrier’s Paper Towns based on the book by John Green, Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, and Matthew Cullen’s London Fields.

With over 41 million followers on Instagram and over 10 million on Twitter, Delevingne continues to be an influential voice on social media. She often uses her platform to speak out about issues on mental health, women’s rights and animal conservation.

Delevingne is currently the face of Dior Skincare, Puma Activewear, Burberry Fragrance, Rimmel London Cosmetics, and TAG Heuer Watches.

Talking about her character Vignette at Comic Con 2019, Cara told IMDB: “She is an amazing character. A fireball, a spitfire. A warrior with a really, really big heart.”

At the UK premiere, Cara revealed that she would never have forgiven herself if she hadn't won the role of Vignette.

"I read a couple of scenes and there was more depth and emotion in between the lines than any character I'd even read a whole script for," she said.

"I was so in fear of it but also so fascinated by it and if I hadn't got the role I know I would still be thinking about it to this day, It sparked a fire inside of me. The world that got presented to me after that was fully jaw-dropping, I couldn’t have imagined a world more terrifying and amazing, immersive, dynamic and insane."

Who is Orlando Bloom?

Orlando Bloom

Bloom is well known for his role as Will Turner in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films which have all been massive box office hits. On behalf of his performance in the first film, Bloom won a Hollywood Film Award for Breakthrough Acting – Male and received an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Team with Johnny Depp. Additionally, he has won six Teen Choice Awards in various categories over the course of the past three films.

He is also widely known for his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord Of The Rings. The ensemble cast received three consecutive SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, finally winning on behalf of the third film, The Return Of The King.

Bloom reprised his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

On stage, he received critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, directed by David Leveaux. In the summer of 2018, Bloom led a 13-week limited run of Tracy Letts’ black comedy thriller Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.

Bloom was born in Canterbury, England and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London. He also earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy. Bloom graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Aside from his successful acting career, Bloom has been an avid supporter of UNICEF since 2007 and was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009. He was presented with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the 2015 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world. Bloom was also honored with the 2015 BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.

Speaking at the launch of Carnival Row about the show's political edge, Bloom said: "There's so many interesting social parallels in in the show with the commentary on the refugee migrant crisis.

"You know I think Travis wrote this 20 years ago and it was relevant then and it's and of course that's an issue that's been going on for hundreds of years really. Race, love, fear of intimacy, fear generally, they are all covered

"Because it’s original and because there's no book, it felt like the show could go anywhere and if they're leaning into that now, hopefully it can continue to play into some of the fears that we're seeing play out in the press today.

"As an actor that's kind of a gift right."

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Is Carnival Row based on a book?

Carnival Row - Orlando Bloom

The short answer is, no. This is an original series and Carnival Row has been a 17-year labour of love for executive producer Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim). He started working on Carnival Row at college and five years ago it was suggested that he turned his idea for a film into a TV series.

He took it idea with writer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) to Amazon and they immediately loved the idea,

Speaking to IMDB at Comic Con 2019, Orlando Bloom said: “I really felt when I read this, I’d never seen this before. I’d never seen this world, I’d never seen these characters."

Bloom also said that the benefit of having no original text meant that the TV series could explore current political hot topocs.

"There's so many interesting social parallels in in the show with the commentary on the refugee migrant crisis," said Bloom.

"You know I think Travis wrote this 20 years ago and it was relevant then and it's and of course that's an issue that's been going on for hundreds of years really. Race, love, fear of intimacy, fear generally, they are all covered

"Because it’s original and because there's no book, it felt like the show could go anywhere and if they're leaning into that now, hopefully it can continue to play into some of the fears that we're seeing play out in the press today."

Season 2 already confirmed

Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video

Carnival Row won't be a one-off for Amazon Prime Video - the show has already been given the go-ahead for a second season.

Before the first season has even premiered, Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne have been confirmed to return for a second season.

Speaking at the season 1 premiere, Orlando Bloom said: "We start filming again next month [September]. That is a surprise, yeah. In two weeks. It is exciting actually and that's a good news because if it wasn't good or if we didn't enjoy working on it, it would be like a prison sentence.

"It's really great that we're going back to do something that we love.

"I think the world-building is just growing and getting better. Honestly, the first season is always going to be finding its feet. From what I've read for season 2 it's really exciting."

Executive producers Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have also revealed that plans for Carnival Row extend way beyond season 2.

Guggenheim told Collider: "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.

"It gives you an opportunity to lay in these little seeds that can eventually come to fruition.

Beacham added: "We have quite a long wishlist of things that we wanna see, in future seasons. It’s just a matter of figuring out what order they happen in, really.

Season 1 ending explained *Warning Spoilers*

Carnival Row

The big twist revealed at the end of season one *SPOILER ALERT* was that Orlando Bloom's Philo is part fae as he joins Vignette in the Carnival Row ghetto

Exex Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly: "It's probably one of the biggest seismic changes to the show itself that happens at the end of the first season.

"And it's something that we're really going to be dealing with and dramatising in season two. And the trick for Philo is, it's not, unfortunately, as simple as him embracing the fact that he's fae. To the fae, he's not really fae. He's a half-blood. So he basically is a man without a country.

"You know, 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. So that's another thing that he'll be wrestling with in season two."

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