Streaming entertainment service Netflix on Monday announced that actress Liza Soberano and Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell are the lead voice cast of highly anticipated Netflix Original Anime series “Trese.”
Soberano (“My Ex and Whys,” “Alone/Together”) and Mitchell (“YOU,” “Pretty Little Liars”) will voice the lead character Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language and English versions of the series, respectively.
The upcoming anime series is based on the Philippine graphic novel of Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo.
It is set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head-to-head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.
Soberano and Mitchell were honored to be handpicked as the lead voice actress of the acclaimed Philippine graphic novel turned anime series.
“It’s an honor to be the voice of an iconic character such as Alexandra Trese. I’m a huge fan of Budjette and KaJO’s award-winning Trese comics. Maraming salamat! Excited na ako!” Soberano said.
“I’m so excited to be a part of a unique and amazing project like Trese, and to voice a character as brilliant as Alexandra Trese. Philippine folklore is rich and fascinating, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team bringing this story to life,” Mitchell said.
Jay Oliva (“Wonder Woman,” “The Legend of Korra”), the executive producer of “Trese” also shared his excitement after learning the lead voice cast.
“As a fan of the komiks, I knew that the title role of Alexandra Trese was going to be challenging to cast for the animated series. It is important for the voice talent to embrace the layered character to fully become Alexandra Trese,” Oliva said.
“My concerns went away as soon as Shay Mitchell stepped into the recording booth. Shay’s Alexandra exceeded my expectations and she delivers a performance of strength, determination and family duty that is at the very core of the character,” he said.
“If that wasn’t enough, imagine my delight when we confirmed Liza Soberano joining the Filipino voice cast! I am a big fan of hers and she fits the character so well. Having Liza play Alexandra Trese for the series makes this project even more special to me and my team!” the executive producer furthered.
The series produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore will debut on Netflix this year. —Rosette Adel