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Today HBO announced the premiere date and dropped the official trailer for its new Original series, The Nevers.

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The Nevers: Laura Donnelly as Amalia True, Ann Skelly as Penance Adair — Photo by Keith Bernstein / HBO

Created, written, directed, and executive produced by Oscar® nominee Joss Whedon (Toy Story, The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), The Nevers premieres Sunday, April 11, at 9 PM ET/PT, on HBO.

August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly, Outlander, Britannia) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly, Vikings, Red Rock) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.

The top-notch cast includes:

  • Olivia Williams (The Halcyon) as Lavinia Bidlow, the wealthy benefactress funding the orphanage for Amalia’s outcasts, who are also known as the Touched.
  • James Norton (Grantchester) as Hugo Swann, the rich and irreverent proprietor of a den of iniquity.
  • Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Augustus “Augie” Bidlow, Lavinia’s sweet, awkward, younger brother with a secret of his own.
  • Pip Torrens (The Crown) as Lord Gilbert Massen, a high-ranking government official leading the crusade against our heroines.
  • Ben Chaplin (Press) as Inspector Frank Mundi, who is torn between his police duties and moral compass.
  • Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story) as Edmund Hague, a deranged doctor searching for the source of the powers.
  • Amy Manson (The White Princess) as the tortured, murderous Maladie, who derives power from pain.
  • Rochelle Neil (Das Boot) as the fire-wielding Annie “Bonfire” Carby, one of Maladie’s motley gang.
  • Zackary Momoh (No Offence) as orphanage doctor Horatio Cousens, whose turn equips him with healing powers.
  • Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) as Mary Brighton, a broken and resilient performer pursuing her dream of singing on stage.
  • Elizabeth Berrington (Sanditon) as the adaptive and streetwise Lucy Best, whose quick-wit and high spirits mask the pain of a tragic past.
  • Anna Devlin (All the Money in the World) as Primrose Chattoway, who, at ten feet tall with a dreamy demeanor, wishes to be an ordinary girl not taking up too much space.
  • Kiran Sonia Sawar (Pure) as Harriet Kaur, a young Scottish Sikh and aspiring lawyer, determined to live her life as she planned.
  • Viola Prettejohn (The Witcher) as Myrtle Haplisch, a middle-class girl rescued from a family who cannot understand her, literally, as she can no longer speak any form of language they understand.
  • Ella Smith (Babylon) as Désireé Blodgett, a prostitute with a power that gets her in trouble and a six-year old son who never speaks.
  • Vinnie Heaven as Nimble Jack, a rakish and charming young thief and an expert at breaking and entering.
  • Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) as feared criminal overlord Declan “Beggar King” Orrun.

The series opens in London, 1899, three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equips Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) with extraordinary abilities. Now they work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin) investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie (Amy Manson).

Elsewhere in the city, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event, as Hugo Swann (James Norton) enlists Lavinia’s younger brother, Augie (Tom Riley), to help monetize his illicit enterprise, and a deranged doctor (Denis O’Hare) conducts a series of experiments. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage’s reach, while Mundi seeks justice and Harriet (Kiran Sonia Sawar), Primrose (Anna Devlin), and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message.

As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia’s plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow. Then, after Amalia’s origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans’ mission.

The six episodes of Season One, Part One of The Nevers will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. Part Two’s six episodes will follow at a later date (tba). Stay tuned for updates.

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