Netflix's 'She-Ra' Reboot Promises to Be a Fresh Take on the '80s Girl Power Icon
She-Ra: Princess of Power is the animated reboot we need in 2018. The original series premiered in 1985 and was beloved by many millennials.
If you grew up in the '80s, chances are you remember the comic book and animated series He-Man fairly vividly. Perhaps slightly lesser-known but even more badass was his twin sister, She-Ra, who had her own animated series and Mattel dolls. (The character was developed by Filmation and Mattel when they realized little girls loved He-Man, but they wanted to create a whole new franchise aimed at girls.) She-Ra: Princess of Power premiered in 1985 and ran for two seasons. The superhero quickly became a symbol of strength, power, and even extraordinary communication skills (she could speak to animals!).
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Well, because everything old is new again, millennials and their kids are being treated to a She-Ra reboot, courtesy of DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix. According to the streaming platform, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora (voiced by Aimee Carrero of Elena of Avalor), 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.
Carrero leads a stellar voice cast, which also includes Karen Fukuhara (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 (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista; Merit Leighton (Alexa & Katie) as Frosta; Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella; and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.
Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) and executive producer Chuck Austen (Dawn of the Croods, Steven Universe) are heading up the effort, which is being described as "a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans."
“She–Ra was ahead of its time,” Stevenson told EW. “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.”
Netflix promises that "fans are in store for an epic and timely adventure that celebrates friendship and empowerment, led by a warrior princess tailor-made for today." No doubt millennial parents everywhere will be pumped to share She-Ra with their kids. The series is set to premiere later this year.