Netflix has released the first trailer and photo for The Innocents, a new Netflix original series slated to debut at some point this year. This trailer gives us our first look at stars Sorcha Groundsell (Clique, Iona, Sleeping Lions) as June, Percelle Ascott (Wizard vs. Aliens, The Weekend Movie) as Harry and Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento, The King's Speech) as Halvorson. This series centers on June and Henry, a young couple who embark on an adventure together, but they quickly learn they're in over their heads.
When teenagers Harry and June run away from their repressive family lives to be together, they are thrown into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that derails their innocent dream. Secrets kept from them by their respective parents test their love to breaking point; and the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever. They quickly realize that nothing is what it seems. And in this world, the only way to survive is to change.
The Innocents is produced by UK-based New Pictures, led by Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Willow Grylls. The series is created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. Chris Croucher serves as producer. Farren Blackburn is executive producer of the series (alongside Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Willow Grylls) and director of 6 of the 8 episodes. Another report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jamie Donaghue will also direct, most likely the remaining two episodes of the first season, and production will take place in the U.K. and Norway.
The series marks the writing debut for Hania Elkington, whose only other credit was as a story editor on the 2011 short film The North London Book of the Dead, with Simon Duric's only other writing credit being for another 2011 short film entitled Later, which he also directed and produced. Unlike Hania Elkington, though, Simon Duric has worked in several other facets of the entertainment industry, serving as a second unit director on hit shows such as Netflix's The Crown and Black Mirror, and the upcoming AMC series McMafia. The bulk of his credits are as a storyboard artist, which he served as on movies such as the upcoming Robin Hood, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and many more.
Netflix hasn't announced a specific premiere date at this time, except that it will debut at some point later this year. Netflix also hasn't revealed if filming has gotten under way on the eight-episode series quite yet, and it isn't clear if there are other primary roles to be cast at this time. While we wait for more details, take a look at the new trailer and first look photo of Sorcha Groundsell as June and Percelle Ascott as Harry, courtesy of Netflix.