Rupert Friend Joins Cast Of CBS All Access Original Series Strange Angel

The Homeland alum will play Ernest Donovan in the upcoming drama series.
Posted on Jan 17, 2018 | 10:30am
The CBS All Access original series Strange Angel has tapped Emmy Award nominee Rupert Friend to join the cast of the upcoming drama.

Friend will portray Ernest Donovan, the enigmatic neighbor of Jack Parsons who becomes the young scientist's tour guide into the illicit underbelly of 1930s Los Angeles.

A lost soul and drifter, Donovan pulls Parsons out of his humdrum existence and into a strange new religion that encourages its followers to pursue their deepest and darkest desires as a means of bending the world to their will.

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Friend joins fellow actor Jack Reynor, who will star as Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in '30s-era Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry.

Along the way, Parsons fell into a mysterious world that included sex magick rituals at night, and he became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley's teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavor to the stars.

Friend is perhaps best known for his role as Peter Quinn on Showtime's Homeland for five seasons, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Other film credits for Friend include The Libertine, Pride & Prejudice, The Young Victoria, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, Cheri, Starred Up, Hitman: Agent 47, and most recently The Death Of Stalin.

Strange Angel, created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins) and based on George Pendle's book of the same name, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions.

Mark Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott, and David W. Zucker will serve as Executive Producers; Clayton Krueger will be Co-Executive Producer, and David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete's Dragon) will direct and executive produce.

Strange Angel is part of CBS All Access' current slate of original series, including Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and No Activity, as well as upcoming originals $1, The Twilight Zone, Tell Me A Story, and yet-to-be-announced programming.