Witches. Vampires. Romance. Mystery. Libraries. The new horror series A Discovery of Witches has it all! And now, it has a release date. It’s coming to AMC’s streaming platforms, Sundance Now and Shudder, in January 2019.
A Discovery of Witches is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Deborah Harkness. The series stars Matthew Goode (The Crown) as Matthew Clairmont, a suave vampire with some secrets of his own, besides being a vampire. Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) will star next to Goode as historian Diana Bishop, a witch who isn’t so sure about being a witch. This is all set in the gorgeous, ivy-covered Oxford, whose libraries hold ancient secrets (let’s be honest, they probably do in real life too). Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valarie Pettiford (Being Mary Jane) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) round out the cast.
According to A Discovery of Witches’ recent press release, the show
is an enchanting modern-day love story set against the backdrop of Oxford academic life. Historian Diana Bishop (Palmer), a reluctant witch denying her heritage, accidentally discovers a long-lost bewitched manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and is immediately thrown into the heart of a dangerous underworld. On her journey, she finds herself tossed into the path of enigmatic vampire and geneticist, Matthew Clairmont (Goode), who hides a dark family secret.
The trailer for A Discovery of Witches is sexy, magical, quasi-Victorian, and full of beautiful costumes, which is exactly what I want in my vampire-witch romance. Shudder has been absolutely killing it with original series and films, so hopefully this won’t be an exception. Will it be ridiculous? Probably. Will I love that? Most definitely.
A Discovery of Witches hits Shudder and Sundance Now January 19, 2019. Have you read the book? Are you excited for the series? Do you want Matthew Goode to suck your blood? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!