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Alfonso Cuarón Is Doing a Show About a Lady With Superpowers. Mulan from Once Upon a Time Will Be In It. Are You Excited Yet?


I’ve been looking forward to Believe since I first heard about the Alfonso Cuarón-written and directed show about a girl with superpowers because… it’s an Alfonso Cuarón-written and directed show about girl with superpowers. I’m not sure what else I need to say here.

Now I know a bit more about what I’m looking forward to, as three of the show’s female characters, including its lead, have been cast. Oh hi there, Jamie Chung!

For those who haven’t been obsessively waiting for news on the pilot, Believe, sayeth Deadline:

“is about the unlikely relationship between a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.”

The main character, Bo, will be played by actress Johnny Sequoyah, who hasn’t had a major acting role yet but does have an awesome name on her side. Also new to the cast are the Resident Evil franchise’s Sienna Guillory, playing a “cool hit-woman” named Moore, and Chung as “a strong, practical and smart woman” named Channing. She works for Winter (previously cast as Delroy Lindo) “a kind man with an honorable agenda posing as a priest who might not be what he seems” and helps Tate, Bo’s protector, played by Jake McLaughlin.

I’ve never seen any of the Resident Evil movies, so I’m not familiar with Guillory. But I do watch Once Upon a Time, wherein Chung plays the warrior Mulan. I have a lot of problems with that show, many of them involving how I want to hit my screen every time Snow, Charming, or Henry open their mouths, but Mulan is not one of them. Mulan is great. Jamie Chung is great. (I want her to star in a show of her own, but I have faith in Cuarón and trust that Sequoyah will be great, too.) Believe will be great. I hope.

After all, Cuarón has shown his chops with sci-fi and awesome female characters alike through his filmography, which includes Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and A Little Princess (watched it again a few months ago. Bawled like a baby). Is it too corny to say I believe in Believe?

(Oh, and there’s some other guy involved in the show, too. He’s executive producing. Abrams somebody? J.D.? J.K.?)

(via: TelevisionBlend)

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  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Far be it from me to complain about another show about a girl with superpowers, but Bo? Are they ripping off Lost Girl, or all the cool names taken?(not)

  • http://twitter.com/IAmSteamgirl Steamgirl

    Not that I’m not still excited about this, but why is it that whenever there’s a show about a strong, powerful woman, she always has a male protector or handler? Can’t powerful women ever be trusted to take care of themselves?

  • Anonymous

    Oooh. Jamie Chung and Delory Lindo are two of the most underrated minority actors working today so I’m happy to see they’ve got a steady gig! Hopefully this takes off.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I haven’t seen Lindo in much, but he and Holly Hunter were the best parts of A Life Less Ordinary, so I’m looking forward to seeing him again.

  • Betty Windsor

    They should have names her character Johnny!

  • Jamie Jeans

    I seriously hope that this plays out well for them and that the show is good.

  • http://twitter.com/Deviija Devi Sage

    Oooh, I’m very excited to see how this pans out. I really like Jamie Chung on Once Upon A Time, and I do like Sienna (who also can kick some major butt in fight scenes).

  • OdinsEye

    The Sixth Gun looks better, but then i’m always up for a sci fi western.

  • Anonymous

    So torn. Love Cuarón, hate Abrams. I think the real question here, however, is whether Mulan and Aurora will fall into each others arms before Mulan leaves the show.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    He was GREAT as the villain in Chicago Blue. Very compelling, had this whole “I’m corrupt for the betterment of my constituents” thing going on that was true, but still wrong.

  • DarthLocke4

    I’m looking forward to this, as I do with most new Bad Robot shows and I think A.C. will be a good director of the Pilot. If anyone is looking for images of J.S., I suggest Facebook’s “An Unkindness of Ravens” Movie Page, but Miss Sequoyah seems to go by another surname, Johnny Freidenberg. (look in the “HAWKS” album for the character Joey)

    But what I really can’t wait for is “Inhuman” casting news!

  • DarthLocke4

    One could always argue that Lost Girl ripped of the film Signs, but I think we’re being petty. For Bad Robot this is something up their alley as girls that have some kind of above and beyond ability tends to be on the M.O.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I was a little iffy on that as well. But, if it makes it better, it looks like the main character is a kid, judging by the film stills of her that DarthLocke4 mentioned below. So, at least in this show, it would make sense that she’d need a guardian.

    Though your point about how female characters always end up with male protectors/handlers still stands.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    You had me at “Alfonso Cuaron.” If they got that sumbitch to direct Smurfs 3, I’d go see it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Preach.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting casting. A relative unknown in the lead role surrounded by a few very good actors. Hopefully this means we’ll get some great ensemble work and not 40 minutes of extreme close-ups of Bo and 5 minutes of bad-ass acting from Lindo, Guillory, and Chung (and the inevitable 15 minutes of commercials, of course).

  • Anonymous

    Y Tu Mulan Tambien?