Netflix Releases “First Look” Images & October Premiere Date For High School Apocalypse Dramedy ‘Daybreak’
Netflix has announced their High School apocalypse dramedy ‘Daybreak‘ will premiere Thursday, 24th October 2019, and also released a few “first look” images of the series.
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the series is a dark comedy which follows 17-year-old high school outcast, Josh, as he searches for his missing girlfriend, Sam, in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
The series stars Colin Ford (‘Captain Marvel’, ‘We Bought A Zoo’) as Josh Wheeler, an ordinary kid who learns he’s not so ordinary after all when the bombs drop. The apocalypse is the best thing that ever happened to him. He can finally be the hero he read about in comic books. Josh’s search for his lost love leads him to become a reluctant leader of an ad hoc tribe of outliers and misfits.
Sophie Simnett (‘Poldark’, ‘Endeavor’) plays Samaira “Sam” Dean, a soulful, radiant girl who is outgoing and well-liked by everyone she meets – particularly Josh, who is smitten with her at first sight. Their budding romance is literally nuked when atomic bombs decimate civilisation.
Alyvia Alyn Lind (‘Coat of Many Colors’, ‘Young and the Restless’) portrays Angelica, a precocious, abrasive pyromaniac. Angelica is a pain in the ass who Josh accidentally saves from a bloodthirsty gang when he mistakes her screams for Sam’s. She begs Josh and Wesley to let her team up with them, and her flair for making Molotov cocktails starts to come in very handy.
Austin Crute (‘Booksmart’, ‘Atlanta’) stars as Wesley Fists, a football star with budding movie star looks and a penchant for swords, who was part of a system that ostracised and terrorised the students beneath him on the social totem pole… like Josh. But when Josh and Wesley meet once again in the apocalypse, Wesley is trying to follow the path of Eastern enlightenment and non-violence.
Gregory Kasyan (‘Quest’, ‘The Brave’) plays Eli Cardashyan. In high school, Eli was one of the have-nots. In the apocalypse, Eli has barricaded himself inside the mall and now he has everything he could possibly want – every brand-name sneaker, every iPhone (never mind that there’s no service anymore), and gifts galore for his (possibly imaginary) girlfriend.
Krysta Rodriguez (‘Trial & Error’, ‘Smash’) is Ms. Crumble, who was once the high school biology teacher, but is now one of the only adults known by our characters to have survived the bomb. Something’s very wrong with her brain, but she’s a subject of great fascination for Angelica.
Cody Kearsley (‘Riverdale’, ‘Spiral’) portrays Turbo Bro Jock. A fierce, handsome football player with a terrifyingly stoic manner, he has assembled all the athletic teen teams of Glendale into one, big, murderous crew, and he’s the team captain. When Josh and his tiny gang outsmart his peeps, decimating their ranks, Turbo is determined to track his adversaries down and do his worst.
Jeante Godlock (‘The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar’) plays Mona Lisa, a tough female athlete who got her nickname because she never smiles. She’s a member of Turbo’s brutal team of jocks and his closest consigliere.
The series also stars ‘Ferris Bueller’ himself, Matthew Broderick, as Burr, the cheerful, upbeat principal of Glendale High. Principal Burr knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch. In a hashtag-filled world of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #timesup, Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.
The show is co-created by Aron Eli Coleite (‘Locke & Key’, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘Heroes’) who serves as showrunner and Brad Peyton (‘Frontier’, ‘Rampage’) who will direct the series. Coleite and Peyton will also exec produce alongside Jeff Fierson (‘Frontier’, ‘Rampage’) through ASAP Entertainment.
‘Daybreak‘ premieres Thursday, 24th October 2019 on Netflix UK and worldwide.
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