Prequels and sequels to well-established franchises are all the rage once again. In a year where a sequel to Top Gun Maverick was among the biggest box office releases. Now, it seems another classic is making a return in the form of Grease with a new musical comedy titled Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.
The series will take place around four years before the original Grease in 1954, the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll. The series explores the story of four outcasts, who will spark a new direction for Rydell High. Creator Annabel Oakes shared the following on the series during a TCA panel.
Our characters will get to experience from a different lens and how those experiences overlap with others with a marginalized identity. I think we have the opportunity to represent another struggle that overlaps with things we’re dealing with today like racism.Annabel Oakes
The cast of the series includes Jackie Hoffman as Asst. Principal McGee, Marisa Davila playing Jane, Ari Nortartomaso as Cynthia, Shanel Bailey taking on the role of Hazel, Jane will be played by Marisa Davila, Tricia Fukahaara is Nancy, Madison Thompson‘s Susan, Jason Schmidt as Buddy, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper taking on Wally, and Jonathan Nieves as Richie. Justin Tranter, who is known for his work with Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, and more, will write the series’ original new music. The first episode is directed by Made for Love’s Althea Jones.