At their upfront presentation Wednesday, Freeform announced that it has picked up its mermaid drama series Siren for a 10-episode-long season slated to premiere in summer 2018.
Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, Siren, formerly known as The Deep, is “set in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, which is known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.”
The series stars Alex Roe as Ben, a marine biologist who finds himself drawn to Ryn, portrayed by Eline Powell, a mysterious new girl in town who is a strange young woman with a deep secret. If you guessed that secret to be that she’s a mermaid, you’re right. Fola Evans-Akingbola co-stars as Maddie, another marine biologist who works with Ben and is suspicious of Ryn. Ian Verdun will play deep sea fisherman Xander, who is on a mission to uncover the truth, and Rena Owen co-stars as Helen, the town eccentric who knows more about mermaids than she lets on.
The show is executive produced by Eric Wald, Dean White, and Emily Whitesell, who also serves as showrunner. Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb are also attached as executive producers.
As evidence that this isn’t just a bluff and that our mermaid dreams are coming true, a trailer was released in the wake of the announcement, and it it’s any indication, Sirens is set to serve up just the right amount of myth, mystery, and darkness, putting a grownup twist on all of our childhood mermaid fantasies. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all been dying for the day where a show about mermaids returned to our screens.
Check out the trailer below: