Netflix has released our very first look at what Princess Adora will look like in the new She-Ra reboot series. The streaming platform released a silhouette poster of the iconic character back in May, but this is our first look at the newly designed version of her, which is much different than she looked back in the 1980s when she was hanging out with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The look is somewhat similar to the animation style that is being used for the Thundercats reboot.
The official title of the new series is She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and while the look and feel of the character has drastically changed, the origin story from the 1985 cartoon will remain. In the original She-Ra series, Princess Adora, was kidnapped as a baby and raised with the Evil Horde, and didn't discover her true identity until later in life. 26-year old showrunner Noelle Stevenson says that the original storyline was perfect, so they decided to keep it. Stevenson had this to say.
"We've really started from the same starting point where the original show started from because Adora has such a great backstory. She's separated from her family as a baby, she's sent to another planet, she's adopted by the villain overlord and raised by him in this evil army. She's been raised to believe that the villains are doing the right thing and that the Princesses are the evil ones. And so we follow her as she has this crisis of faith; she's been very sheltered her whole life and as she starts to experience the world, she realizes that there's more to this than she knew, that maybe there's a reason they were called the Evil Horde... that maybe they were evil."
When thinking about what her next project could possibly be, Noelle Stevenson started to think of all of the things that she likes, which led her to She-Ra. When Stevenson started to think about it, the cartoon that originated in the 1980s, which was out before she was born, had everything that she loves in one place. So, she took a chance and pitched the idea of the reboot. She explains.
"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."
Noelle Stevenson pitched the idea of the She-Ra reboot to DreamWorks, who had recently just picked up the rights for the show. The studio was looking to set up a new series with the same characters. While Stevenson was excited to work on the project, she kept her excitement level low, just in case things didn't work out for some reason. She says.
"When you're working on a pitch, you have no idea if it'll go or not, or really what will happen. At that stage, anything can happen, so it's best not to get too attached to what you're working on. But I realized at one point, Oh my God, I love this, I really, really want this. Two and a half years later, I've only gotten more entrenched in it. It is very, very dear to me."
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will premiere later this year on Netflix and boasts a pretty big voice cast. Aimee Carrero stars as Adora/She-Ra, Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, AJ Michalka as Catra, Marcus Scribner as Bow, Reshma Shetty as Angella, Lorraine Toussaint as Shadow Weaver, Keston John as Hordak, and Lauren Ash as Scorpia. Expect some more information about the new She-Ra series to be announced later this week at San Diego Comic-Con. In the meantime, you can check out the first-look images below, thanks to Entertainment Weekly.