We learned in December that classic '80s animated series She-Ra: Princess of Power would be getting a modern makeover on Netflix; they're working with DreamWorks to produce the series with showrunner Noelle Stevenson, creator of beloved comic Lumberjanes. Now, via Entertainment Weekly, we have our first look at the series' poster, as well as the first voice cast, character announcements, and official series description.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (Carrero), who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.
Note the name of the series: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Princesses. Plural. It seems She-Ra's fabulous friends have been elevated to the status of powerful monarchs in their own rights. Other than that, the costume for She-Ra looks like the classic costume from back in the day. No sign of her flying horse Swift Wind, but I can't imagine he'd get left out entirely.
She-Ra boasts a rather impressive voice cast, including Aimee Carrero (Young and Hungry) as Adora/She-Ra, Jordan Fisher (Dancing with the Stars) as Seahawk, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver, Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) as Castaspella, Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, AJ Michalka as Catra, Reshma Shetty as Angella, Keston John as Hordak, Lauren Ash as Scorpia, Christine Woods as Entrapta, Genesis Rodriguez as Perfuma, Vella Lovell as Mermista, Merit Leighton as Frosta, and Krystal Joy Brown as Netossa.
All of those characters are straight from the classic series and toy line, but it's interesting to note the comic relief characters from the original series, Madam Razz and Kowl, are not listed. Also notably absent is any mention of She-Ra's famous brother He-Man.
Although Noelle Stevenson didn't grow up watching She-Ra, having been born some six years after it debuted, she understands why it matters to so many, telling Entertainment Weekly, “She–Ra was ahead of its time. I’m so excited to bring these stories of female power and love and friendship back now when it seems like we need them more than ever.” Truer words have never been spoken. The series is set to debut by the end of 2018.
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