Palisadian and Academy Award winner Geena Davis (“Thelma and Louise”) has been cast in a recurring guest role on the Netflix original animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” a canonical extension of the 1985 “She-Ra: The Secret Sword.”
The series, recently nominated for both GLAAD and Emmy Awards, focuses on Adora, one of several Princesses of Power, as she leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstrous invaders of the “Horde.” When Adora finds a magical sword, she is transformed into the powerful “She-Ra” (who is originally billed as He-Man’s long lost twin sister), turning her back on the Horde to which she once belonged.
The series returns for its third season August 2.
Davis plays Huntara, a mighty warrior and the de-facto leader of the Crimson Waste who becomes a reluctant aide to main characters on the show Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara), Bow (Marcus Scribner) and She-Ra (Aimee Carrero).
The show also includes the voices of AJ Michalka (“The Goldbergs), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Lauren Ash (“Superstore”), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Christine Woods (“Hello Ladies”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”), Jordan Fisher (“Grease: Live”), Vella Lovell (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Merit Leighton (“Alexa and Katie”), Krystal Joy Brown (“Motown: The Musical”) and Adam Ray (“American Vandal”).
“She-Ra” writer and producer Noelle Stevenson made the call to cast Davis as Huntara in the show after speaking with Davis at the Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas, earlier this month. The Bentonville Film Festival was founded by Davis in 2014 and focuses on diversity and inclusion in its film selections.
“I’ve actually spent over a decade being very interested in screen portrayals in children’s entertainment, then this idea came along to have this film festival that would look at both on-screen and behind-the-camera positions as far as diversity and inclusion is concerned,” Davis told Yahoo Finance last week. “I thought it was a fantastic idea. Who doesn’t want to have their own film festival?
“It’s so unconscious, it’s so ubiquitous that we don’t really notice it all the time but it’s a huge problem especially in the entertainment industry and I feel strongly that we learn our value seeing people like us in movies and TV and in the media and if you’re left out completely or narrowly stereotyped or hyper-sexualized it’s a terrible message, especially for little kids … we have a lot of improvement to make.”