Based on British author George Pendle’s 2005 book of the same name, the series follows Jack Parsons (Electric Dreams‘ Jack Reynor), a “mysterious and brilliant” man living in 1930s Los Angeles, “who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry, and by night is a performer of sex magic rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.”
Friend will play Ernest Donovan, the enigmatic neighbor of Jack’s who “pulls him 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.”
Black Swan screenwriter Mark Heyman created Strange Angel and will serve as an EP alongside David DiGilio, Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker.
Friend is coming off of an Emmy-nominated, five-season run on Homeland. His stint came to an end last April when his antihero character, Quinn, was killed off.