Grease is once again the word: Paramount recently released the first trailer for a new spin-off of the romantic 1978 musical, called Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, which is coming to their Paramount+ streaming service later this year. The series will be bringing back the same retro 1950s Americana aesthetic as the original, and is a prequel of sorts, focusing on the Pink Ladies girl gang, and how they formed and became a force to be reckoned with at Rydell High. It’s being created by writer Annabel Oakes, known for her work on shows like Atypical and Minx.
While the original focused largely on John Travolta’s Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy Olsson, this new show is all about the gangs, and Oakes explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly how she became intrigued by the girl gang and their potential to be explored further: “What was up with the Pink Ladies? Were those girl gangs real?… …I found out that there were real Pink Ladies at the high school of the original creator of Grease, Jim Jacobs.”
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies introduces a whole new group of girls that the show centres around: Jane, played by Marisa Davila (I Am Not Okay With This, Atypical) is the leader of the group, which also includes Tricia Fukuhara (Only Children) as Nancy, Ari Notartomaso (Paranormal Activity Next of Kin) as Cynthia and Cheyenne Wells (The Late Late Show) as Olivia.
The first look teaser for the show gives a glimpse of what fans of the original film can expect: shots of school chaos, cool jackets and a stern warning to the girls from a teacher: “Be careful of who you associate with: girl’s reputation is all that she has…”- but Jane seems to indicate that she’s not going to take this advice entirely to heart: “Maybe sometimes, you gotta be bad to do good.” Cue a montage of students dancing and rebelling in the exact style you expect. “Things are about to get wild”, Jane continues as the 40-second teaser comes to an end, with a cover of the main title track from Grease playing over the action.
The season will be ten episodes long, with each episode being an hour long, meaning plenty of time for addictive musical numbers. There’s no indication yet whether there could potentially be more seasons or if this will just be a limited series, but the same team behind Rise of the Pink Ladies are also working on another prequel to the original, currently titled Summer Lovin’, which will be a film. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is set to launch on the 6th of April, but if you want another Grease fix, you can always book tickets for the stage show tour coming to London, and performing this summer.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies comes to Paramount+ on 6th April
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