Netflix has announced some key cast members for Arcane, its female-led animated series inspired by Riot Games’ renowned online game League of Legends.
Hailee Steinfeld (Hawkeye, Dickinson) and Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Star Trek: Prodigy) will voice pink-haired bruiser Vi and the eternally bombastic Jinx respectively, characters based on two of the most iconic champions from the immensely popular online game.
They’ll be in great company with fellow voice actors Kevin Alejandro (Lucifer, Arrow) as Jayce, Katie Leung (Harry Potter) as Caitlyn, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Silco, Toks Olagundoye (DuckTales) as Mel, JB Blanc (The Owl House) as Vander, and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) as Viktor.
Details of the series’ plot are still mostly under wraps, but fans of the game will see many familiar faces on screen. Plus, there are plenty of new characters to make this journey into the universe unique.
One thing we do know about League of Legends: Arcane so far is that it centers around Steinfeld and Purnell’s much-loved characters. Initial impressions are that it will shed some light on their mysterious, intertwined pasts.
Set in Runeterra, the world of the 2009 multiplayer game, the series takes place on the continent of Valoran—the home of the League. Amid the thriving region of Piltover and the dystopian undercity of Zaun, Arcane follows two legendary League champions: Vi and her sister Jinx. An order-bound sheriff and an infamous terrorist, they’re polar opposites. The story explores their origins and the events that drove them apart. For fans, this is some long-awaited insight into what pushed the sisters onto such wildly opposing sides of the law.
Riot Games unveiled Arcane as part of League of Legends’ 10th Anniversary Celebrations in 2019. The project got pushed back from its initial release date in 2020 because of COVID restrictions and is now set to premiere on Netflix this fall.
Arcane is Riot Games’ first attempt at television. The show is being developed and produced in-house, and the animation is in partnership with Fortiche Productions.
A full trailer for Arcane will premiere this Saturday, September 25, 2021.
Along with the cast announcement, Netflix revealed character posters for the upcoming series. Check them out below!