Masters of the Universe: Revelation is Smith’s fresh take on the beloved ’80s cartoon. He serves as the showrunner and executive producer with Frederic Soulie, Adam Bonnett, Christopher Keenan, and Rob David. The series is split into two parts, with the five-episode Part 1 premiering this summer.
The first look provides a glimpse at the animated characters being give life by the star-studded voice cast. Supergirl actor Chris Wood plays Prince Adam, aka He-Man, with Star Wars icon Mark Hamill as his archenemy Skeletor. The images also reveal Teela (Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar), Sorceress (Susas Eisenberg), Moss Man (Alan Oppenheimer), and Beast Man (Kevin Michael Richardson).
In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Smith explained the difference between his story and the original. “It’s not just simply like these two dudes [He-Man and Skeletor] have been trying to beat each other up for decades,” he said. “We get to tell stories of abuse. We get to kind of tell stories of isolation, grief. We use these characters as long as they’ve been around — and most people consider them toys or action figures — to tell insanely human stories set in a very inhuman world.”
Here’s the official Masters of the Universe: Revelation logline:
“The war for Eternia culminates in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an innovative and action-packed animated series that picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.”
The cast is rounded out by Henry Rollins as Skeletor’s minion, Tri-Klops; Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena; Stephen Root as Cringer; Diedrich Bader as King Randor and Trap Jaw; Jason Mewes as Stinkor; Phil LaMarr as He-Ro; Tony Todd as Scare Glow; and Cree Summer as Priestess.