Freeform Drops 'Motherland: Fort Salem' Trailer (Video)

TCA 2020: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay executive-produced series premieres March 18

Freeform has dropped the trailer for its upcoming “Motherland: Fort Salem” trailer, and it features an army of witches that you won’t want to mess with.

The network also set the show’s premiere date for March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The drama series was created by “Claws” writer Eliot Lawrence, and is executive produced by “Succession” trio Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick.

Watch the trailer above.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama is produced by Freeform Studios, Gary Sanchez Productions and McKay’s Hyperobject Industries. Laurence, Ferrell, McKay, Messick, Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson all executive produce the series. The pilot was directed by Steven A. Adelson (“Riverdale,” “Siren”).

Here is the official description for “Motherland: Fort Salem” from Freeform:

Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country, “Motherland: Fort Salem” follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

Here are the official cast and character descriptions:

Taylor Hickson (“Deadly Class”) plays Raelle, “a reluctant recruit with major authority issues whose mother recently died in the line of duty.”

Jessica Sutton (“The Kissing Booth”) plays Tally, “a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted despite her mother’s passionate disapproval.”

Ashley Nicole Williams plays Abigail, “an unquestionably alpha, smart, driven and courageous witch who hails from the upper echelons of military witch society and is excited to be joining the ranks of the witches’ army.”

Amalia Holm (“Playground”) “rounds out the young witch recruits playing Scylla, a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who is not what she appears to be.”

Demetria McKinney (“The Saints and Sinners”) plays Anacostia, “a tough but wryly humorous drill sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training.”

Lyne Renee (“Deep State”) recurs as General Sarah Alder, “the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader the witches have ever known.”

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