Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Breaking news from Never-Never Land: The London Times is reporting that The Nevers actor Olivia Williams has signed a 5 year contract with the series!
While this comes as fantastic news for us fans anticipating Joss Whedon’s return, it isn’t entirely unexpected. HBO ordered The Nevers straight to series after Joss first pitched it to them, a move demonstrating immense faith in this property. What's more, on episode six of The Nevers Podcast, we shared that the producers of the series had requested and been granted approval from the city of London to use their filming studio for five years. The obvious implication being that Joss is envisioning The Nevers as a multi-season series as opposed to a mini-series.
When an actor signs, for example, a five year contract, that's a season by season contract and does not include the time in between; it's five seasons, not five years in time. In television, they define a year as a season of a show which is why an actor isn't bound by their contract during their off time and can work on other projects. So locking them into a five year contract guarantees that they'll be available for the duration of the entire series.
Of course, this isn’t a guarantee that the series will air for five seasons; it needs to prove a success before it's green-lit for additional seasons. But it's certainly a vote of confidence and we have faith in Joss and HBO to produce a series that will resonate with the masses.
The Nevers follows a band of super-human character’s with various powers and abilities who find themselves evading adversaries at every turn while on an epic mission that might very well change the world. The series wrapped filming on episode one in August 2019 with filming set to continue early next year.
Little has been revealed about the show’s plot, but here’s what we do know: Laura Donnelly, best know for playing Jenny Fraser in Starz Outlander will play Amalia True, the series lead and "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."
This is Joss' first HBO series and is set in Victorian London. It'll be a mixture of true Victoriana and Steampunk. Oh, and did we mention that it'll feature the Devil (s/o to The Neverscast for bringing that to our attention!)
Are you as excited for Joss’ and HBO’s The Nevers? What are your hopes for the series? Leave us a comment with your thoughts below.
The Nevers premieres on HBO and HBO Max in 2021.