Carnival Row will be debuting next month as an Amazon Original and SDCC has spared no expense to promote the series. The show takes place in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures. Feared by humans, they are forbidden to live, love, or fly with the freedom they crave. The excitement kicked off with a panel that featured special guests Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, Andrew Gower, Karla Crome, Indira Varma, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Arty Froushan, Caroline Ford and executive producer Marc Guggenheim.
Bloom expressed his enthusiasm about the series, mainly because of it’s crime noir genre with a fantastical twist. Given his Lord of the Rings background, it’s not surprising to see him eager for this kind of story. He went on to discuss his character, Rycroft. He describes Rycroft as a very empathetic man with a complex history the viewer will delve into throughout the season.
Next up Delevingne to gush about the effects of the show- especially the prosthetics for the creatures- before talking about her character, Vignette. She describes the young fae as strong and amazing. Despite suffering a tragic loss she still manages carry on and fight on for what she believes in.
In Carnival Row she is fighting for love as she is the main love interest of Rycroft. Nothing can keep her down. Bloom and Delevingne went in depth about what it took to create their chemistry. In the end they both agreed that the process went well and that the chemistry will settle well with viewers. The panel even disclosed that Bloom and Delevingne did all of their own stunts without complaint. As if they weren’t already the coolest people ever.
Towards the end of the event the topic of the show’s social issues arose. Guggenheim says part of this world includes a discussion of racism, classism, sexism, and much more. The cast discuss how these topics are still so relevant with refugee crisis and how it may help educate audiences in a way. The panel finished up by present not 1 but 2 trailers for the upcoming show.
But convention goers intrigue doesn’t waver there. There was still plenty of fun to be had outside the convention. An interactive theater stood to give attendees a taste of what to expect. After being given the choice of being a human or creature, attendees walk the path of said human or creature. You can check out a sneak peak of that below!
Carnival Row debuts on Amazon Prime August 30th.
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