The Nevers: HBO’s new sci-fi drama finally has a trailer, and it looks so good

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Starring Outlander’s Laura Donnelly, epic new drama The Nevers follows a gang of Victorian women with very unusual powers… 

From The Wire and Game Of Thrones, to The Sopranos and Sex And The City, HBO has brought us some seriously brilliant TV series over the years.

And its next big show? Well, it ticks a lot of boxes for us, as it not only aims to celebrate powerful women, but it does so by flipping the classic period drama on its head. 

Here, then, is what you need to know about The Nevers

What’s the plot of The Nevers?

The Nevers “is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.”

As per HBO’s official synopsis: “In the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the ‘Touched’: people – mostly women – who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities – some charming, some very disturbing.

“Among them are Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces – to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place.” 

The Nevers: Ann Skelly as Penance Adair.
The Nevers: Ann Skelly as Penance Adair.

Is there a trailer for The Nevers?

HBO has released an official trailer for The Nevers, and it’s gone down an absolute storm with viewers on YouTube.

Check it out: 

“So, it’s basically X-Men but set in 19th century England?” asked one fan, their glee all too apparent. “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”

“I can’t wait!” added another. “Move over Penny Dreadful, there is a new show in town!”

And still one more said: “This looks amazing and I am so here for it!”

Who stars in the cast of The Nevers?

The cast for The Nevers is, in this writer’s humble opinion, absolutely brilliant. Outlander’s Laura Donnelly stars as Amalia True, Das Boot’s Rochelle Neil as Annie Carbey, and Kindred actor Kiran Sonia Sawar as Harriet Kaur.

Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson, meanwhile, steps into the well-heeled Victorian boots of Viola Prettejohn, and Sanditon’s Elizabeth Berrington takes on the role of Lucy Best.

Viola Prettejohn appears as Myrtle Haplisch, and Domenique Fragale as Beth Cassini. 

The Nevers: Laura Donnelly as Amalia True, and Ann Skelly as Penance Adair.
The Nevers: Laura Donnelly as Amalia True, and Ann Skelly as Penance Adair.

Elsewhere, talented newcomer Brett Curtis stars as George Thorns – and the likes of Ben Chaplin, Nick Frost, Amy Manson, Zackary Momoh, Martyn Ford, and James Norton all have big parts to play in The Nevers’ story, too.

Tom Riley, Vinnie Heaven, Ann Skelly, Zain Hussain, Pip Torrens, Olivia Williams, and Tahlia Norrish round off the talented cast nicely.

When and how will The Nevers be available to watch in the UK?

While The Nevers doesn’t have an exact premiere date, HBO has scheduled the show to debut in April 2021. The first season will air with six episodes.

It is likely to air in the UK later in the year, with a predicted autumn 2021 premiere date. It remains unclear, though, which channel will be picking it up; in the past, HBO has struck up deals with both Sky Atlantic and Channel 4.

We will keep you posted when we have further details. 

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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