It’s here! After being announced over two years ago, we have got our first official look into the Grishaverse through the new teaser trailer of Shadow and Bone. Based on the first book in the Grishaverse, Shadow and Bone is helmed by show creator Eric Heisserer with author Leigh Bardugo as one of the executive producers on the project.
Heisserer is probably best known for being the writer for 2016’s Arrival. Bardugo played as an advisor for the series, as the creator of the Grishaverse, which is probably a relief for book loyalist who might be afraid the series could be misrepresented. Although much of this season looks like it will take place in the kingdom of Ravka — where the first book in the initial trilogy finds its setting — the series has also taken the opportunity to introduce characters from the Six of Crows duology, so we are likely to see Kerch as well.
In their panel during IGN Fan Fest, Heisserer and Bardugo explained that the Six of Crows arc in the story would be new and they would be pulling from flashbacks in the duology to fill in some of the gaps for where Kaz, Inej, and Jesper are in this timeline of the story.
For the cast, we have Jessie Mei Li as the protagonist Alina Starkov; Ben Barnes as General Kirigan aka The Darkling; Archie Renaux as Malyen Orestev; Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker; Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa; and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey.
Check out the official teaser trailer below:
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).
Shadow and Bone will be released on Netflix on April 23, 2021.