Departing Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney is trading the world of comic books for classic literature after signing on to play Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray on Tv.

The singer/actor, who also played Taylor Swift's love interest in her I Knew You Were Trouble video, recently announced he will be leaving the Broadway show and he already has another big gig - he has landed a leading role in U.S. cable network Showtime's new drama series Penny Dreadful.

The series revolves around literature's most famed creepy characters, including Frankenstein's monster, Gray and Dracula.

Wilde's Gray kept his youth while a self-portrait aged in an attic.

Carney joins a cast that includes Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Eva Green. The series will debut in the spring (14).

Dorian Gray was last portrayed on screen by Ben Barnes in a 2009 movie and Stuart Townsend in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.