If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, you’re going to be very happy today. Netflix has announced that Shadow And Bone will be adapted as an eight episode series, premiering in April. Let’s look at the first teaser.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here is the synopsis from Netflix: “Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.”
I’ll admit, I am not familiar with this story but it sounds very interesting. The teaser is quick, but gives you an idea of how visually striking this series has the opportunity to be.
The showrunner is Academy Award winning writer Eric Heisserer, who will also write the adaptation. Bardugo joins as a producer along with Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment and Pouya Shahbazian (New Leaf Literary & Media). Lee Toland Krieger will direct the eight, hourlong episodes filming in Budapest.
The cast and roles includes Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya Nazyalensky), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), Simon Sears (Ivan), Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar), Zoë Wanamaker (Baghra), Kevin Eldon (The Apparat), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Luke Pasqualino (David), Jasmine Blackborow (Marie) and Gabrielle Brooks (Nadia).
The series will premiere in April of 2021. Keep checking back for updates on the series. You can also go to www.netflix.com/shadowandbone for more info and to save the show to your list.
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