The following is a press release:
Manila, Philippines – March 8, 2021 – Netflix today revealed the lead voice cast of Trese, the highly anticipated Netflix 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. Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars) will voice the lead character in the English version.
Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.
Executive Producer: Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra)
Produced by: Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.
Speaking about the lead cast, Jay Oliva said, “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. 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!”
“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.” – Shay Mitchell
“It’s an honor to be the voice of an iconic character such as Alexandra Trese. I’m a huge fan of Budjette and KaJO’s award-winning Trese comics. Maraming salamat! Excited nako!” – Liza Soberano
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Lex+Otis (L+O) maximizes current and next-generation techniques to develop and produce cutting edge animation for television, film, video games, virtual reality, mobile and more. Led by Founder and CEO Jay Oliva, the burgeoning boutique studio boasts an impressive roster of established and emerging production talent focused on creating unique, immersive stories to inspire, educate and entertain across multiple platforms. L+O’s roster of clients/partners features Netflix, CMON, Wild Card, SideShow Collectibles and The Stone Quarry. The studio currently has three Netflix Anime Originals in production: Trese, a Filipino mythology-based supernatural series; Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, a futuristic zombie thriller that serves as an animated prequel to Zack Snyder’s upcoming live-action feature film; and a yet-to-be-named adult animation series based in Norse mythology with Zach Snyder and Jay Oliva serving as executive producers. The studio is also in production on the star-studded Ark: The Animated Series, as well as several yet-to-be-announced series. In addition, L+O is presently in development on more than two dozen original concepts, toplined by an animated dark fantasy series based on Sideshow’s popular Court of the Dead franchise. For more information, please visit lexandotis.com.
About Base Entertainment:
BASE ENTERTAINMENT is a Studio with outposts in Singapore and Indonesia. Founded by partners, Aoura Lovenson Chandra, Shanty Harmayn, Ben Soebiakto and Tanya Yuson, BASE is focused on working with top creative talent to bring forward stories from Asia to the world. BASE’s slate of projects includes film as well as series for various platforms. Most recently, Joko Anwar’s film IMPETIGORE from Indonesia, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and took home the top prize at the Film Festival Indonesia, GURU-GURU GOKIL which is a Netflix Film and the omnibus QUARANTINE TALES which was shot during the pandemic. TRESE, based on the Award-winning Philippine graphic novel is its first Netflix Original Anime series.