Gather your coven, the CW has released its first preview of the upcoming reboot of “Charmed.” The show will premiere in time for the fall witching season.
In the new trailer tweeted out yesterday, we get the first glimpse of our new trio of sisters played by Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock and Sarah Jeffery. Mel (Diaz) is the activist of the family, Macy (Mantock) is the brilliant scientist who seems to have her life together and Maggie (Jeffery) is the youngest of the trio who worries her bruja lifestyle will prevent her from joining a sorority.
According to earlier reports, the show will trade out the original’s San Francisco setting for a yet unnamed college town, where they’ll battle demons and most likely have to learn to cope with sisterly spats.
“You’re better together. Your differences are your strengths,” says their mother, Marisol, in the preview. “Nothing is stronger than your sisterhood.” Unfortunately, their mom is not long for the series, and the preview teases the life-changing event that brings the three very different women together for the first time. That event also sparks their first foray into magic, powers that include the ability to stop time, hear people’s thoughts and telekinesis. It’s revealed their mother bound the sisters’ powers so they could live normal lives. She began to unbind them when tragedy struck.
The attic where the original Halliwell sisters cast their spells and their spellbook, “The Book of Shadows,” will be used in the reboot. There are other references to the original run, including the new series’ choice to make Macy, the oldest of the three, Mel and Maggie’s half-sister – which is how ”Charmed” replaced one of the original sisters after her character was killed off. Maggie’s original name was announced to be Madison, but that seems to have changed.
The cast announcements made a few months ago introduced fans to the new set of sisters once played by Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and later, Rose McGowan. “Jane the Virgin” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman will helm the new series.