August 24 is the date that, according to Netflix, everything changes. That’ll mark the release of their new Original Series The Innocents, a teen-focused supernatural affair that might be the streaming giant’s latest success story. Or might not, I suppose. We’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, you can watch The Innocents Trailer #2 right here:
It’s difficult to get a good sense of the show from The Innocents Trailer #2, so here’s some explanation per Netflix themselves:
When teenagers Harry and June run away from their repressive families to be together, they’re derailed by an extraordinary discovery – June’s ability to shape-shift. As the star-crossed lovers struggle to control this strange new power, a mysterious professor reveals that June is not alone: there are more shifters out there like her, and he promises to cure June and reunite her with the mother who deserted her three years ago. But as their journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger, Harry and June’s love for each other is tested to breaking point and they’re faced with a choice: keep their innocent dream alive, or embrace that their lives have changed and risk everything. Created and written by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric, who also executive produce, The Innocents stars Sorcha Groundsell as June, Percelle Ascott as Harry and Guy Pearce as Halvorson. Elaine Pyke, Charlie Pattinson, and Willow Grylls of New Pictures serve as Executive Producers, along with Farren Blackburn. Blackburn directed six of the eight episodes.
Beyond what was shown in The Innocents Trailer #2, the name that stands out is that of Guy Pearce, who joins a relatively inexperienced and largely unknown cast and crew. Simon Duric, who serves as co-creator, writer and executive producer, is primarily known for his work in the art departments of blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so what he’ll bring to The Innocents remains to be seen. On August 24 the jury is still out on whether everything will change, but all will certainly be revealed on these hallowed pages.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.