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Joss Whedon's The Nevers Casts Outlander's Laura Donnelly in Lead Role

Joss Whedon's upcoming HBO series The Nevers is welcoming a celebrated stage and screen actor in a leading role.

Laura Donnelly, best known as Jamie Frasier's fiery sister in the Starz series Outlander, will play Amalia True, one of a group of Victorian women with strange abilities. According to Deadline, 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."

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The Nevers marks Whedon's return to television after a prolonged absence, with his last foray on the small screen being Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of Donnelly, Whedon says she "has charisma, wisdom and an anarchic precision that not only captures Amalia but defines her...She's fierce and she's funny - and I need both for the journey ahead."

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Just what that journey is isn't precisely clear at the moment -- only that the series focuses on "a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world." Setting aside, this series has all the hallmarks of Whedon's better-known works, Buffy the Vampire Slayer topping the list. Transporting these Whedon-esque tropes into the late 19th century will hopefully provide a suitable vehicle for  Donnelly.

Known for writing strong female leads, Whedon has chosen in Donnelly an accomplished and award-winning actor for Amalia True. Named "Best Actress...at the 2018 Olivier Awards," Donnelly has played opposite Hugh Jackman on Broadway in Jez Butterworth's The River. Donnelly will also feature in the upcoming bio-pic Tolkien, based on the life of the famed writer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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The Nevers currently has no scheduled release date.

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