The trailer for CW’s ‘Charmed’ is now out and plays out with two sisters discovering that they have an older sister following the death of their mother. Similar to its predecessor, this one will also feature three sisters who discover, to their shock, that they are the most powerful witches in existence.
While the original had sisters Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Prue (Shannen Doherty), and Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), the reboot will feature Madeleine Mantock as eldest sister Macy, Melonie Diaz as middle sister Mel, and Sarah Jeffery as youngest sister Maggie.
Macy has been described as a ‘practical, driven, and brilliant geneticist’ with the power of telekinesis, Mel as a passionate, outspoken activist’ and a ‘lesbian with the power of time-freezing,’ and Maggie as the ‘bubbly college freshman’ with the power to hear people’s thoughts. The trio will use their powers to ‘vanquish supernatural demons’ and ‘tear down the patriarchy.’
Also, cast in the reboot is Rupert Evans as a college professor, Harry, Ser’Darius Blain as Macy’s “aspiring filmmaker” boyfriend Galvin, Charlie Gillespie as Maggie’s former high school boyfriend Brian, and Ellen Tamaki as Mel’s detective girlfriend Niko. The original trio will not be involved in the project.
The show will be developed by ‘Jane the Virgin’ showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman for the 2018/19 season and has been described by the network as being ‘fierce, funny, and feminist.’ Penned by ‘Jane the Virgin’ writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, it will be based on a story by Urman.
The three will also serve as executive producers of the reboot alongside Ben Silverman, Carter Covington, and Brad Silberling, the last of whom directed the pilot in Vancouver, British Columbia in March and April.
Ever since CW announced that they would be rebooting The WB’s fantasy drama television series ‘Charmed,’ the reactions have mostly been mixed. When it originally aired in 1998, it achieved a cult-like following, with the first episode, ‘Something Wicca This Way Comes,’ garnering 7.7 million viewers and becoming the network’s highest-rated debut episode.
The show ran for eight seasons until 2006, then becoming the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads, and many fans of the show felt that a reboot might do the original disservice. Others have been more open to catching the show when it premieres once again, with the trailer indicating that fans are unlikely to be left disappointed.
Watch the trailer for ‘Charmed’: