Sparks fly in the first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller series The Power. The Amazon Prime show features Latine talent like John Leguizamo (The Menu) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana).
Based on British writer Naomi Alderman’s 2016 dystopian novel of the same name, The Power tells the story of a global society where all teen girls have developed the power to electrocute people with a touch of their fingertips.
At the start of the trailer, which features the 2012 song “Go” by Santigold and Karen O, Seattle mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez (Toni Collette) explains that “teenage girls are developing a new organ….” Leguizamo, who plays the mayor’s husband, Rob, seems to finish his wife’s thought: “…that generates electricity.”
Margot makes it clear to the citizens of Seattle during a press conference that what is happening around the world “is not a hoax.” These young girls now have a new electrifying power and are not afraid to use it.
Thematically, the idea behind this story is fascinating. What would happen if power was given to young women – a group who historically has never had it – to defend themselves from a world that marginalizes them in many ways? How could this power – in this case literal – affect different communities, from Seattle to Tehran?
In the trailer, their power becomes a catalyst for a revolution. It’s the start of an empowerment movement that could transform conventional gender ideology. “Big change is coming,” a teen girl says. “Pick a side.”
Margot and Rob’s daughter Jos (Cravalho) adds: “I was living in constant fear. Now, I feel 100 times stronger.”
We’ll see how the girls use their newfound abilities to shape the world when The Power premieres on Amazon Prime on March 31, 2023.