Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi (Photo credit: Joshua Peters)

Progress has been made for ‘Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light‘ which has just cast Yara Shahidi in the leading role of Nia!

In the story, we will quickly find that Nia’s “fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson.” While trying to become a YouTube star, Ackerson ends up empowered with the ability to both “see” and “hear” a new reality. As the two leading characters grow closer to one another they decide that they should be in charge of creating “a more righteous online universe, dishing out justice big and small” though quickly come under the influence of a shadowy organization who wants to use this power for their own ends.

Oh, and we also discover details about the emergence of a galactic-sized threat to humanity which they’ll have to contend with as well.

The story is an Audible exclusive tale which is not only a brand-new universe but one of Stan Lee’s last collaborations. Kat Rosenfield co-wrote the tale with Lee while Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert co-created the concept with the icon. The story invites listeners to “unleash the power of their imaginations, and introduces new superheroes set within a tech-centric, highly-connected world, unnervingly reminiscent of our own.”

According to Shahidi:

“I’m honored to help bring to life Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light. This project has allowed me to dive deeper into a world of imagination created for us by Stan Lee, whose stories seem to always transcend time.”

Of the casting, Editor in Chief of Audible Originals David Blum added:

“We’re thrilled to have Yara Shahidi bring this amazing story to life—she is both an enormously talented performer and one of the most progressive voices of her generation. We expect that Yara’s riveting performance paired with this extraordinary new universe will make ‘A Trick of Light’ an instant favorite among our listeners.”

Everyone involved with the process is thrilled to have Yara on board with co-creators Lieberman and Silbert commenting:

“At its heart, A Trick of Light is about the need for human connection and the power that comes from youth-led action and discovery of collective purpose. Yara embodies all of that and more. Her thoughtful social engagement and passion for science and technology echoes so much of what Stan was aiming for in this new universe. We can’t wait for Yara to present this story to the world.”

On the creative side, co-writer Rosenfield chimed in as well with:

“Yara’s voice will make this story sing. As an accomplished artist and profoundly talented performer, I’m excited to hear her bring these strong characters to life”

Finally, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment President Gill Champion shared:

“We are excited to introduce a worldwide audience to A Trick of Light. Stan was always an innovator, and I know he would have loved this first-of-its-kind global launch. This innovative global deal with Audible is part of our continued efforts to propel Stan’s iconic legacy to his loyal fans who span the entire world.”

While a novel in this world is also being released through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, this will be a new take on how one of Lee’s stories are first introduced to the world.

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light will debut on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 on Audible though you can pre-order it on Amazon today!

Are you excited to listen to ‘Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light’? Do you feel that Yara Shahidi’s voice will shine in this story? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!