Get ready for the power of three to set you free…
The CW has unveiled its first trailer for the hugely-anticipated Charmed reboot — and it looks so much better than we’d hoped.
Described as a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series”, the show “centres on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches”.
And, while this leads to them vanquishing supernatural demons and, y’know, tearing down the patriarchy, the trailer has confirmed that their magical abilities are triggered by the death of their beloved mother.
Speaking in a voiceover, Marisol (Valerie Cruz) can be heard giving her daughters, Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Mel (Melonie Diaz), a seriously empowering pep talk.
“I feel so lucky to be the mother of two special young women — special in such different ways,” she says. “Always remember that you’re better together, your differences are your strengths, and nothing is stronger than your sisterhood.
The trailer then cuts to Maggie and Mel receiving a text from Marisol, urging them them to come home immediately. When they do, they find her dead, having seemingly fallen from the attic window.
Unsurprisingly, the police report the incident as a tragic accident, but Mel refuses to accept that. But, after launching into a furious argument with Maggie, she is interrupted by a knock at the door.
That’s right: say hello to Maggie and Mel’s long-lost older sister, Macy (Madeleine Mantock).
As the trio struggle to make sense of what’s happening, their hidden powers start manifesting out of nowhere: Mel with the ability to freeze time, Maggie with telepathy, and Macy with telekinesis.
It’s up to Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans), an old friend of their mother and their self-proclaimed advisor, to inform the trio that they come from a line of witches and that they are indeed The Charmed Ones.
And, as ever, great power comes with great responsibility: it’s now up to them to protect humankind, fighting off demons and other dark forces that emerge after someone in the underworld learns that their powers have been activated. Eep.
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Penned for the network by Jane the Virgin writing duo Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, Charmed premieres on The CW later this year.
And, speaking to E!, Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, has said he wants critics of the remake to give the show a shot.
“Hopefully they will give this new cast a chance,” he said. “It is not quite the same [as the original], yet there are many similarities. Hopefully they’ll give it a shot. We are happy with who we cast, we think it’s a nice mix.”
Pedowitz added: “We’re thrilled that Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined it somewhat and I can only say to fans, ‘Before you make a decision, watch the series’.”
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