Netflix’s ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ is getting a boost from one of the most famous “Girl Power” icons of all time, as ‘Thelma and Louise’s Geena Davis has joined the voice cast for Season 3, which Netflix has announced will debut on August 2. Davis will portray Huntara, a character that appeared on the original ‘She-Ra’ cartoon from the ’80s. On the new series, Huntara is “the leader of the Crimson Waste who’s reluctant to help Adora (Aimee Carrero), Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara), and Bow (Marcus Scribner) on a quest.”
Noelle Stevenson, who created the new series, appeared at the Bentonville Film Festival, where she announced:
“It’s such an honor having Geena be a part of this property, especially as someone who’s a huge fan of her work. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Huntara!”
Davis’ casting and the new premiere date were announced by the show’s Twitter account:
Season 3 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is coming to @Netflix August 2nd! AND Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis will be joining the voice cast as Huntara! #SheRa @GDIGM pic.twitter.com/SeFEgPAsuR
— She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (@DreamWorksSheRa) May 10, 2019
Davis won an Academy Award for the film ‘The Accidental Tourist’ in 1988. She is also famous for her roles in the films ‘Beetlejuice‘, ‘A League of Their Own’, and ‘Stuart Little’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’, and on TV in ‘The Geena Davis Show’, ‘Commander in Chief’, ‘The Exorcist’, and most recently, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. She has previously done voice work on ‘Doc McStuffins’. Davis previously lobbied for a role in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, but it looks as though she has landed a role alongside another superwoman on ‘She-Ra’.
Huntara was a character that appeared in the episode, also entitled “Huntara” of the original ‘She-Ra: Princess of Power” cartoon, but was not part of the toy line. She was intended to be an “ebony-skinned warrior” with Grace Jones and Storm from the X-Men cited as references, but her appearance was changed to lavender. (I’ve heard that there was a rule for ’80s cartoons that black people were not allowed to be depicted as villains.) Huntara only appeared in one episode (which is enclosed below), although there were plans to bring her back that never materialized.
Davis’ Huntara will appear in a series of episodes, although the number was not announced.
The first two critically-acclaimed seasons of ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ are available to stream on Netflix.
You can watch the original ‘She-Ra’ episode, “Huntara” below:
Source: Entertainment Weekly