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Joss Whedon Goes Full Joss Whedon In Casting the Lead for His HBO Series

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 24, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 24, 2019 |


Joss Whedon has kept a fairly low profile since Avengers: Ultron in 2015, aside from his work on Justice League, a movie he doesn’t seem particularly proud of. Or maybe we just haven’t been paying as much attention to Whedon as we used to (the bloom fell off the disappointing man a few years back, after all).

In either respect, he’s returning to what he does best — television — with a new series on HBO called The Nevers. If you didn’t know it was from Joss Whedon, the logline would give it away. From Variety:

“The series is described as a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”

OK, maybe that’s vague enough that it would not be immediately apparent that the series comes from Joss Whedon, but the description of the lead character — who has just been cast — would leave no doubt in your mind.

Amalia True [is] described as the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.

Amalia True, huh? Wow. Anyway, she’ll be played by Irish actress Laura Donnelly (The Fall, Outlander) We’ll have to wait to see whether Whedon also casts any of his regulars, although it should be noted that, with Gifted canceled, Amy Acker is available.

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