At Paramount, it’s all about the Pink Ladies.
The streamer announced a cast for its upcoming “Grease” prequel TV series titled “Rise of the Pink Ladies.”
According to Deadline, Marisa Davila will appear as Jane, Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia, Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia, Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy, Shanel Bailey as Hazel, Madison Thompson as Susan, Johnathan Nieves as Richie, Jason Schmidt as Buddy, and Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as Wally.
“Only Murders in the Building” starJackie Hoffman will appear as Asst. Principal McGee.
Principal photography on the musical series has begun in Vancouver.
The prequel is set in 1954, four years prior to the original and iconic “Grease” film, which made stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John household names in 1978.
The 10-episode series is said to take place “before rock ‘n’ roll ruled and before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school. It follows four fed-up outcasts who dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”
“We are thrilled to unveil our new original series that will introduce an incredible cast of young stars in the making and electrifying musical numbers you will fall in love with,” said Nicole Clemens, President, Paramount Television Studios & Paramount+ Original Scripted Series.
The series was created by showrunner Annabel Oakes with Alethea Jones serving as director.
“Annabel and Alethea have managed to brilliantly capture the spirit of the iconic beloved classic film which like Rise of the Pink Ladies, is both set in the past but relevant to the present,” Clemens noted.
For those who vaguely remember a prequel series being ordered at HBO Max, plans for that spinoff were scrapped and eventually, the plot was reworked as the upcoming prequel.
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