Netflix revealed on Sunday the lead voice cast of Trese, the streamer’s highly anticipated Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo. Filipino actress Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series, while Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars) will voice the lead character in the English version.
“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,” said Mitchell.
“It’s an honor to be the voice of an iconic character such as Alexandra Trese,” Soberano agreed. “I’m a huge fan of Budjette and KaJO’s award-winning Trese comics. Maraming salamat! Excited nako!”
Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Trese follows Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld run by malevolent supernatural beings. Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra) is executive producer for the series, which is produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at Jakarta/Singapore studio BASE Entertainment.
“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 commented. “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. 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!”
Trese will premiere in 2021, exclusively on Netflix (www.netflix.com/trese).