Netflix has unveiled the exciting cast for their upcoming adaptation of Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, with a new set of character posters and stills.
The streaming service revealed that the main cast will consist of Jessie Mei Li (as Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (as Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (as Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (as Inej), Kit Young (as Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (as General Kirigan).
Eric Heisserer (Showrunner/EP) and Leigh Bardugo (Author/EP) on these first-look images and what fans can expect from this new series:
LEIGH BARDUGO: Shadow and Bone takes place in a very different kind of fantasy world. Think Imperial Russia, not Medieval England, repeating rifles instead of broadswords. It’s a story about the people who have been told how much they don’t matter proving how much they do. And it’s been incredible to see that story take shape on such an epic scale, the battles, the magic, but also the relationships between the characters. These photos give just a tiny hint at what’s in store—a mapmaker with an extraordinary gift, the people who want to use her, the tracker who will do anything to protect her, and the team of thugs and thieves who are about to cause some very big trouble for everyone involved.
ERIC HEISSERER: These photos offer a glimpse into the expansive, textured world Leigh created in her books. We worked tirelessly to craft a lived-in feel for fictional lands like Ketterdam and Ravka, with invented languages, uniforms, currency, and artistic choices from set design to costuming. You’re immersed in the Grishaverse when you read, and it’s our hope that both new and existing fans have that same feeling when they watch the show. The series has an incredibly passionate fanbase and we can’t wait for new people to discover the magic that is Shadow and Bone.
Check out the stills below:
Welcome to the world of Shadow and Bone where there are dangerous forces and powerful magic at play – summoners, sharpshooters and thieves.— Netflix (@netflix) January 27, 2021
Enter the world of the Grishaverse on April 23 pic.twitter.com/jw3XnumlK1
On April 23rd, Shadow and Bone comes to Netflix. Prepare to meet…— Shadow And Bone (@shadowandbone_) January 27, 2021
Alina Starkov, A Mapmaker. But perhaps much more. pic.twitter.com/2rkhVDyGMM