Unlike the original movie, the new series will explore the racism that was extremely prevalent in the women’s league at that time.
A League of Their Own has been the talk of the town after Amazon recently released the full trailer for the new show and announced its premiere date.
The reboot of the 1992 film A League of Their Own by Penny Marshall, was announced in 2020. Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna, the classic film followed the start of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which flourished while many male professional baseball players fought in World War II. The reboot series will delve into the ways in which race and sexuality impact the game—subjects that weren’t extensively covered in Marshall’s film.
The TV series has been in development in some form since 2017 and was delayed for a bit due to the pandemic. A League of Their Own is co-created by Broad City star Abbi Jacobson (who is playing double duty as a star and executive producer on the project) and Mozart in the Jungle producer Will Graham. Graham and Jacobson were also involved in writing the series alongside Michelle Brando, Morgan Gould, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Mfoniso Udofia, and Em Weinstein.
The new series will explore the racism that was extremely prevalent in the women’s league at that time, with only white-passing women allowed to participate. The show will also highlight sexuality through the relationships between the players. “In talking to a few of the former players about their experience as queer women at the time, one of them said to us, ‘It was a party,’” Graham explained about his research for the show. “As a gay person, I never heard anyone say that about a pre-Stonewall event in gay history. There’s this sense of joy, and they actually got to find things they loved and it felt like that would be a good story to tell right now.”
“It took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination, and a crackling sense of humor for these players to achieve their dreams,” Graham and Jacobson said in an official press release. “We’re hoping to bring audiences a story with all of those qualities.”
The show's logline read: "A League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall's beloved classic while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it."
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Blair played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which ran from 1943 to 1952 and inspired the movie A League of Their Own pic.twitter.com/zwCd1d0Cnd
Keeping up with the cast, Rosie O’Donnell is slated to be a guest star in the first season. She had played one of the Rockford Peaches in the original film. Show creator Abbi Jacobson plays Carson Shaw, a catcher from a tiny town who leaves for Chicago to chase her dreams. The Good Place’s D’Arcy Carden is playing Greta, an adventurous first base woman. Gbemisola Ikumelo known for Brain in Gear (2019) plays Clance, an upcoming artist born and raised in Rockford. Chanté Adams (Bad Hair) plays Max, a pitcher who is clearly ready for the big league. Kelly McCormack known for Sugar Daddy (2020) plays Jess, a shortstop originally from Canada.
The series will Amazon Prime on August 12.