Disney Junior is revving things up for 2016 by through a power house cast slated for its upcoming ‘Elena of Avalor’ . A spinoff of its hugely successful ‘Sophia the First’, Elena is Disney’s first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Featuring the talents of Jenna Ortega (Jane The Virgin), Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui to name a few, they will be joining Aimee Carrero in her portrayal of a 16-year-old ascendant to the throne of the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. ‘Elena’ will debut in a special episode of the ‘mothership’ series ‘Sofia The First’ wherein the enchanted fairytale kingdom of Avalor was introduced.
The story begins with Elena’s journey when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by the evil sorceress Shuriki. She bravely faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel (played by Ortega), and grandparents but in the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, saving her life but imprisoning her at the same time. Decades later, Princess Sofia of Enchancia discovers the truth about the amulet and sets out to restore Elena to her human form to help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.
Parnell (from Archer), Brown (Community) and Alazraqui (Sheriff Callie’s Wild West) will be the voices of a trio of magical flying creatures called Jaquins. With their aid, Elena learns how to rule her kingdom with grace and compassion. Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson and Joe Nunez are also slated to be part of the cast.
Created by Craig Gerber and through the help of the series’ cultural advisors Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director of Centre Theatre Group and co-founder of the theatre ensemble Latins Anonymous, and Marcela Davison Aviles, Managing Director and Executive Producer of the El Camino Project, ‘Elena of Avalor’ is guaranteed to be a faithful and respectable rendition of the Latin American culture.