Let’s take a look at Netflix’s new supernatural series, The Innocents, a story of Romeo and Juliet among the shapeshifters, which will be released 8/24/18. Season 1 of the British show, filmed in Britain and Norway, has 8 episodes. Hania Elkington and Simon Duric created, executive produced and wrote the series. Simon Duric previously worked on The Force Awakens and The Crown.
The Innocents follows a pair of teenage runaways who discover that one of them, June (Sorcha Groundsell), is a shapeshifter. They learn that her mother, Elena (Laura Birn), who abandoned June 3 years earlier, is also a shapeshifter and that there is a community of shapeshifters. June’s boyfriend is played by Harry (Percelle Ascott). Guy Pearce plays a scientist/professor who wants to help June.
I’m excited that the mother-daughter relationship looks like it will be one of the plotlines emphasized in this show, even though the teen relationship and Guy Pearce are getting most of the attention in the trailers. Add in the shapeshifter community and the community that June and Harry ran away from, and that leaves a lot of room for dramatic complexity. We’ll have to leave sci fi complexity to the mad scientist professor. I don’t know any of the other actors, but Guy Pearce does well with complicated, conflicted nice guy roles, such as his Emmy Award-winning turn in Mildred Pierce.
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