Rose (Sisi Stringer) is caught between being a protector and a friend to princess Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) in the new trailer for Peacock’s upcoming drama Vampire Academy.
The series, from executive producers Julie Plec of “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals” and “Legacies,” and Marguerite MacIntyre, follows a vampire princess and the half-vampire guardian trained to protect her.
Based on the book series of the same name by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy follows two best friends — Rose Hathaway (Sisi Stringer), a vampire-human hybrid, and Lissa Dragomir (Daniela Nieves), a Royal Moroi vampire. As Rose and Lissa prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society, the two must also fight for their relationship as society attempts to tear them apart. In addition to Stringer and Nieves, the young adult drama series stars Kieron Moore, André Dae Kim, J. August Richards, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Rhian Blundell, Jonetta Kaiser and Andrew Liner.
Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre serve as co-showrunners and executive producers and had this to say:
“Though we have loved Richelle Mead’s wholly original book series since it came out 15 years ago, it has never been more timely. A brilliant exploration of an inherently unbalanced class-based society, with pampered Royals on one end, and a Guardian class whose sole purpose is to protect them on the other, as well as an ugly dynastic change on the horizon, it’s a world teetering on the edge. And though set in an enclave (most) Humans are unaware of, it’s a world that’s all too recognizable.”
“Shot in a castle in Spain, filled with grandeur, palace intrigue, exciting fight sequences, and romance, at its heart VA is a story about the revolutionary power of friendship, particularly female friendship as we follow the extraordinary Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, two young women on the brink of inheriting a world order they never questioned until now. And as they begin to see their world for what it is, not only do idols fall, but they realize even their own friendship isn’t immune to the cruelties of the system they were born into. A hard truth with the power to tear them apart or spark a revolution. As friends ourselves for almost two decades, we recognize the inimitable power of female friendship not only through life, love, and loss, but as a spur to urge each other to do better. Rose and Lissa believe they can make the world the want to see. We can’t think of a better message to send out into the world.”
Vampire Academy is set to premiere its first four episodes on Peacock Sept. 15.