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.?)