Grease fans. Stop what you are doing. Right now. You may have heard on the grapevine that there's a new series in the works, all about the iconic Rydell High girl gang, the Pink Ladies. While details about the prequel have been pretty vague until only recently, some *major* content has just dropped that could change EVERYTHING.
Which hopefully (fingers crossed) means we're one step closer to seeing those iconic pink varsity jackets dazzle on-screen once again.
So, here's everything we know so far about Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, including its expected release date, cast, storyline and more.
Who will star in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies?
The series tells the story of the original Pink Ladies, who as it turns out, Rizzo, Frenchy, Jan, and Marty followed in the footsteps of four years later.
Starring in the lead roles are: Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy Nakagawa, Marisa Davila as Jane Facciano, Cheyenne Wells as Olivia Valdovinos, and Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia Zdunowski.
Plus, Jason Schmidt will portray Buddy, the leader of the T-Birds, alongside Johnathon Nieves and Maxwell Whittington-Cooper who are set to play Richie and Wally.
Only Murders in the Building's Jackie Hoffman will play the legendary Principal McGee. However, due to the timeline, she's not made head yet and serves as Assistant Principal.
Other notable actors who'll grace the small screen will be Ozark's Madison Thompson, The Equalizer's Shanel Bailey and The Flash's Kallie Hu.
When will Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies be released?
Big! News! US viewers will get to indulge in the latest antics of Rydell High a little earlier than the UK, with the series premiering on April 6th via Paramount+.
April 7th will let UK viewers access Paramount+ via Sky at no extra cost. Or, you can choose to have a separate subscription through the streaming service.
What is the plot of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies?
"The series takes place in 1954, four years before the events of Grease, and follows four fed-up and misfit students who band together to bring out the moral panic that will change Rydell High forever and become the founding mothers of the first high school clique known as the Pink Ladies" according to its official synopsis.
Plus, the formation of the infamous T-Birds will also be documented - the gang that was led by John Travolta's iconic portrayal of Danny Zuko in the original 1978 film.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, show creator Annabel Oakes revealed that "fans of the original show should be happy."
"We call Grease the mothership and we always are talking about how we have to pay homage and respect the mothership," she added.
Annabel also shared how she was initially apprehensive about the idea of reinventing Grease when Paramount+ first approached her with the concept.
"The original Grease is absolutely perfect," she said.
"But I was like, 'What was up with the Pink Ladies? Were those girl gangs real?' I started Googling and found out that there were real Pink Ladies at the high school of the original creator of Grease, Jim Jacobs."
Annabel revealed that there will be 31 original new songs in the series, too. Written by acclaimed pop songwriter Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears), she described them as "R&B with an amp."
She also explained how they "wanted to pay tribute to the real people who started rock & roll - Black musicians, Latinx musicians - who were at the forefront. We want those in the show."
Is there a trailer for Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies?
Eek! Yes there is! Paramount+ released a teaser for the new series on January 9th, and it gives viewers a taste of the real thing. OG Grease fans will even notice that a remixed version of 'Grease is the Word' was the chosen musical accompaniment, which just makes the whole thing even more real.
Here's what you can expect from Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies...
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