Paramount+’s upcoming Grease prequel series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, has found its cast, according to Variety. The musical series is expected to debut on the streamer later this year.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies takes place four years before the original film in 1954. “Before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up outcasts dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever,” reads the synopsis.
The cast includes Marisa Davila as Jane, Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia, Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia, Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy, Shanel Bailey as Hazel, Madison Thompson as Susan, Johnathan Nieves as Richie, Jason Schmidt as Buddy, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as Wally, and Jackie Hoffman as Asst. Principal McGee.
“We are thrilled to unveil our new original series that will introduce an incredible cast of young stars in the making and electrifying musical numbers you will fall in love with,” said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television Studios & Paramount Plus Original Scripted Series. “Annabel and Alethea have managed to brilliantly capture the spirit of the iconic beloved classic film which like Rise of the Pink Ladies, is both set in the past but relevant to the present.”
Annabel Oakes serves as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner of the 10-episode series. Marty Bowen of Temple Hill also executive produces along with Adam Fishbach, Erik Feig and Samie Kim Falvey of Picturestart, and Alethea Jones. Jones will direct the pilot and two additional episodes as well. Grace Gilroy serves as producer. Paramount Television Studios produces.