A League of Their Own Amazon series preview debuts ahead of premiere in August


A League of Their Own Amazon series preview debuts ahead of premiere in August … series will tackle topics including sexuality and racism

A new trailer for the Amazon reboot of A League of Their Own debuted Tuesday.

The trailer is set to the Stevie Nicks classic Edge of Seventeen and features a montage of clips from the forthcoming eight-episode series, based off the All-American professional women’s baseball league that emerged during World War II.

The series stems from the 1992 film from the late Penny Marshall, which had a cast including Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna.

The latest: A new trailer for the Amazon reboot of A League of Their Own debuted Tuesday, showing clips from the forthcoming drama

The latest: A new trailer for the Amazon reboot of A League of Their Own debuted Tuesday, showing clips from the forthcoming drama 

Amazon said in a statement that the series ‘evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball.’

The streaming service said the series ‘takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it.’

The show is set in 1943 and based on a different team than the Rockford Peaches, the squad featured in the film 30 years ago.

The cast of the forthcoming series stars Abbi Jacobson as Carson Shaw, Chanté Adams as Maxine ‘Max’ Chapman, Priscilla Delgado as Esti, D’Arcy Carden as Greta, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Clance, Roberta Colindrez as Lupe, Nick Offerman as Dove and Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Toni.

The eight-episode series is based off the All-American professional women's baseball league that emerged during World War II

The eight-episode series is based off the All-American professional women’s baseball league that emerged during World War II 

The show is set in 1943 and based on a different team than the Rockford Peaches, the squad featured in the film 30 years ago

The show is set in 1943 and based on a different team than the Rockford Peaches, the squad featured in the film 30 years ago

Amazon said in a statement that the series 'evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall's beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball'

Amazon said in a statement that the series ‘evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball’

O’Donnell said on the Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino podcast last July that she was set to play ‘a bartender in one of the scenes at the local gay bar.’

Series creators Jacobson and Will Graham spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in August of 2020 about the show, explaining the drive to explore areas including racism and sexuality.

Graham said he ‘had always been obsessed with the movie,’ adding, ‘I played Little League for eight years and I’m queer and it was torture and I never felt like I fit in.

‘That’s part of why I was so obsessed with the movie as a kid. It’s a story that has this queer subtext about how you can find a place on the field. I started looking into the queer history of the league and started thinking of it.’

The streaming service said the series 'takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it'

The streaming service said the series ‘takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it’

The series comes more than 30 years after the debut of the 1992 film from Penny Marshall

The series comes more than 30 years after the debut of the 1992 film from Penny Marshall 

A League of Their Own is set to debut August 12 on Prime Video

A League of Their Own is set to debut August 12 on Prime Video 

Jacobson said she ‘grew up loving the movie as well’ and she ‘was in the middle of writing season four of Broad City’ when Graham asked her to do the project.

‘We had just done this episode with a montage of powerful, revolutionary women, and our editor at the time wanted to put Mamie Johnson in it,’ she told the publication. ‘I didn’t know who she was. She was one of the first and only Black women to play in the male Negro leagues professionally.

‘When Will and I started talking about the ways in which we wanted to do our version, that felt more real, nuanced and gritty and [a way to] incorporate more women’s stories.’

The show is a collaboration between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television with Field Trip Productions; and based off of the screenplay from Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

A League of Their Own is set to debut August 12 on Prime Video.

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