Everything We Know About Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Yesterday, we got the first glimpse of DreamWorks/Netflix’s rebooted She-Ra, via snapshots of a magazine and some sketches on Twitter. Now, Netflix has unveiled four stills from the highly anticipated series. And with it, we’re offering everything we know about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
It’s not just the She-Ra show.
Notice the plural in the title She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The original show was She-Ra: Princess of Power. The plural suggests the reboot, executive produced by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe), will focus on all the kick-butt women kicking it in Bright Moon Castle (above).
The official plot synopsis declares:
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, 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.
It’s got a diverse cast of voice actors.
Dominican actress Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) stars as Adora/She-Ra. She’s joined by Karen Fukuhara (Katana from Suicide Squad) as Glimmer, AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow, Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver, Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak, Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia, Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta, Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma, Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk, Vella Lovell (Heather from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista, Merit Leighton (Katie and Alexa) as Frosta, Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella, and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.
On Instagram, Stevenson shared a shot of herself with some of her cast. (She’s the redhead, third from the left.)
It’s got a diverse cast of characters!
This was something I predicted based on Stevenson’s involvement. Her Lumberjanes comics have been praised in part because they offered female characters with a variety of looks, body types, skin color, and sexual orientations. And with these First Look images, we’re already seeing that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power have race-bent Bow and Glimmer. In the original series, She-Ra’s female friends all looked like they popped out of the same Tawny Kitaen mold, Glimmer now has a more distinctive look.
Similarly, Adora/She-Ra and Catra have gotten makeovers that make them less video vixen and more girls, with less buxom bods and more genuinely youthful forms. Dare to compare to the characters’ ’80s versions.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will have way more than princesses.
Both Nimona and Lumberjanes are currently in development to be made into movies, so Stevenson wanted to aim high with whatever her next creative endeavor would be. She told EW, “I was really interested in finding what my next project would be, and finding something epic, serialized, action-adventure, fantasy, sci-fi…all of the things I wanted to do. [She-Ra] has this majority female cast, it’s centered around a female hero, it’s got rainbows and it’s got robots, it’s got everything I like in one place.”
We also assume it’ll have a unicorn-pegasus, who will be She-Ra’s mighty (and mighty enviable) ride once more.
It’s coming this fall!
With all prior releases about this exciting reboot, Netflix had only been promising She-Ra and the Princesses of Power would drop in 2018. But with the stills came word: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is set to premiere on Netflix on November 16th. Mark your calendars, and reserve some time to dive into this princesses of power fantasy.
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