Today, Peacock sunk their teeth into the San Diego Comic-Con and surprised fans with an exclusive first look at the opening 15 minutes and official teaser of the much anticipated original series Vampire Academy during a live Q&A panel with over 1,000 attendees.
The showrunners and cast participated in the “Vampire Academy: A Glimpse Into the World of the Peacock Original Supernatural Series” panel at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom, moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Sydney Bucksbaum.
The panelists included Julie Plec (showrunner/writer/executive producer/director), Marguerite MacIntyre (showrunner/writer/executive producer), Daniela Nieves (Lissa Dragomir), Sisi Stringer (Rose Hathaway), Kieron Moore (Dimitri Belikov), and Andre Dae Kim (Christian Ozera).
Vampire Academy is based on the international bestselling book series (See on Amazon) – a story of friendship, romance and danger. In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society.
One as a powerful Royal, the other a half-vampire Guardian trained to protect against the savage ‘Strigoi’ who threaten to tear their society apart. That is, if Royal infighting doesn’t do the job first.
The 10-episode series, from Universal Television, will premiere its first four episodes on Peacock on September 15, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.
“[The cast] shows how much they appreciate the source material… it’s really moving to see how much they put into it and we want to celebrate that,” said Julie Plec.
Marguerite MacIntyre added: “We love the books too, and we love what you love… there’s pieces, we kind of picked our way through… if you’re a fan of the books and you’ve loved something in the books…trust us.”
The cast includes Sisi Stringer, Daniela Nieves, Kieron Moore, André Dae Kim, J. August Richards, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Rhian Blundell, Jonetta Kaiser, and Andrew Liner.
The executive producers are Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayar and Jillian DeFrehn.
The directors include Bille Woodruff (first episode), Luis Prieto, Jesse Warn, Erica Dunton, Geoff Shotz and Julie Plec.