HBO has announced that Joss Whedon sci-fi drama The Nevers has added Outlander‘s Laura Donnelly. She’ll be playing reckless and impulsive Amalia True, an emotionally damaged Victorian woman who would die for a cause and kill for a drink.
“Laura Donnelly has charisma, wisdom and an anarchic precision that not only captures Amalia but defines her,” Whedon said. “She’s fierce and she’s funny – and I need both for the journey ahead.”
Ordered to series in July, The Nevers tells the story of a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.
In addition to her role on the Starz drama, Donnelly’s television credits include The Fall, Missing, and Merlin.
The Nevers is part of a robust slate of upcoming programming ordered as new HBO owner AT&T seeks to up the premium cabler’s scripted presence. It joins the likes of Zendaya-starring teen drama Euphoria; Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, based on the comic series that also spawned a 2009 film; The Righteous Gemstones, a comedy about a televangelist family starring John Goodman and Adam Devine; Spanish-language horror comedy Los Espookys; Jordan Peele horror drama Lovecraft Country; Nicole Kidman limited series The Undoing; and Run, a dramedy from Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.