Created and executive produced by Joss Whedon (before he ultimately left the project), HBO’s new drama series The Nevers will premiere at the same time as the U.S. on Monday, 12 April 2021 at 9am GMT+8 exclusively on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Channel 411 HD), with a same-day encore at 10pm GMT+8 on HBO.
The Nevers takes place in a fictional Victorian London, where women start to suddenly manifest magical abilities. It sounds like Marvel’s mutants in a science fiction fantasy superhero setting, and it frankly sounds like a good time. It’s worth pointing out that Whedon has since left the project, with Philippa Goslett replacing him as showrunner.
The first season is in two parts with the first six episodes of Part One airing every Monday at the same time while Part Two’s six episodes will follow at a later date.
The synopsis reads:
Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which 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) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.”
To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.
Rounding out this genre-bending drama’s acclaimed cast are:
- Olivia Williams (“The Ghost Writer”) as Lavinia Bidlow, the wealthy benefactress funding the orphanage for Amalia’s outcasts, who are also known as the Touched.
- James Norton (“Little Women”) 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 (“The Thin Red Line”) as Inspector Frank Mundi, who’s torn between his police duties and moral compass.
- Emmy®-nominee Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”) as Edmund Hague, a deranged doctor searching for the source of the powers.
- Amy Manson (“Once Upon a Time”) as the tortured, murderous Maladie, who derives power from pain.
- Rochelle Neil (“Terminator: Dark Fate”) as the fire-wielding Annie “Bonfire” Carby, one of Maladie’s motley gang.
- Zackary Momoh (“Seven Seconds”) as orphanage doctor Horatio Cousens, whose turn equips him with healing powers.
- Eleanor Tomlinson (“The Illusionist”) as Mary Brighton, a broken and resilient performer pursuing her dream of singing on stage.
- Elizabeth Berrington (“In Bruges”) as Lucy Best, adaptive and streetwise, her 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 and a dreamy demeanour, wishes to be an ordinary girl not taking up too much space.
- Kiran Sonia Sawar (“HBO Max’s 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 (“Ray & Liz”) 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.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below: