It looks like things are moving along on Paramount Plus’ forthcoming Grease prequel, Rise of the Pink Ladies. We here at Murphy’s Multiverse have some fun news for Grease fans. Not only do we have two character breakdowns for two leads, but we also know when production will finally kick off.
The Grease prequel is looking to cast the roles of Nancy and Richie. Both characters are portrayed as 16-years-old, with the production seeking actors that are at least 18 years of age. Nancy, who is as a founding member of the Pink Ladies, is described as a Japanese-American female who is “unapologetically artsy and eccentric” with dreams of going to fashion school in New York City. The person cast for the role must be a strong singer & dancer. As Nancy is one of the Pink Ladies, this will be a series regular role.
Richie is described as a Mexican-American male who is a part of the T-Birds. He is a “cool playboy with a reputation” who is also a secret romantic with more depth than others would expect from him. The character is also a twin on the series, with a twin sister named Olivia. The person cast for the role must be a strong singer & dance, they must also be fluent in Spanish. Like Nancy, this is for a series regular role.
A Grease prequel has been in the works for quite some time. Rise of the Pink Ladies was initially in development at HBO Max, before the streamer ultimately passed on the project resulting in Paramount+ picking it up. Prior to Rise of the Pink Ladies, another prequel series titled Summer Loving was in development, while HBO Max was looking to produce Grease: Rydell High. As it stands, the status of those projects is unclear.
Rise of the Pink Ladies takes place four years before the events of the iconic musical, Grease. The series will show the rise of the Pink Ladies, which will consist of four “fed-up, outcast girls” who simply want to have fun on their own terms. Their rise as the Pink Ladies will alter Rydell High forever.
Filming on Rise of the Pink Ladies is will begin in January 2022 in Vancouver. As always, production timelines can change, for now, though, the production is on track for a January 2022 start.