The Vampire Diaries may no longer be available on Netflix, but new series Fate: The Winx Saga, created by one of its long-serving writers and executive producers, is just days from its premiere.
Brian Young’s supernatural drama is a live-action re-imagining of Italian-American cartoon Winx Club, a bright and sparkly animation from the mind of Iginio Straffi.
Taking a grittier and more adult direction, The Winx Saga promises to fill the gap left by Vampire Diaries with its protagonists navigating “love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence”.
The new Netflix series follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies – Bloom, Stella, Aisha, Terra, and Musa – who attend Alfea, a prestigious magical boarding school in the Otherworld.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Abigail Cowen will star as Bloom, alongside Grantchester’s Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella. Precious Mustapha will play Aisha, while Normal People star Eliot Salt is taking on the role of Terra. Last but certainly not least, Elisha Applebaum will star as Musa.
Opening up about The Winx Saga’s casting, Young recently explained why his new spin on the existing series was ditching the (literally) cartoonish aesthetic of the original.
“Look, again, I’m a massive manga anime fan, and a fan of the cartoon itself, but, of course, those are cartoons,” he told The Guardian.
“Nobody looks like that. It was the most important thing to me that every kid can feel like they see themselves in it… Real girls, real people.”
Fate: The Winx Saga will premiere on January 22 on Netflix.