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The Innocents Netflix trailer shows life is complicated for a teenage shapeshifter in love

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Apr 18, 2018

Netflix has just released a brand-new trailer for The Innocents, the new British supernatural thriller series set to make its debut this summer, and what the preview may lack in plot beats, it more than makes up for in atmosphere.

When two teens decide to run away together, the small complication that one just so happens to be a shapeshifter veers what would otherwise be a conventional young adult drama into suspenseful territory. June (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry (Percelle Ascott) may indeed be in love, but running away from their parents turns out only to be an introduction to bigger problems than either could have anticipated when love was all that mattered.

June’s ability to cast off her God-given form and morph into other people has piqued the sinister interest of some very dangerous adults, as the clip quite urgently emphasizes.

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Complicating things are the teens’ family pasts: "Secrets kept from them by their parents test their love to the breaking point, and the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever,” Netflix teased in an earlier announcement.

Add to that Netflix’s new reveal that June “suddenly finds herself the subject of a kidnap plot,” and facing a literal identity crisis as she starts “to shift in ways she could have never imagined,” and The Innocents starts adding layers of mystery that could easily buoy its storyline across multiple episodes.

With a TV-MA rating and a recurring role for Guy Pearce (Memento, Prometheus) as “Halverson,” who appears to be some kind of doctor, The Innocents seems to harbor the ambition to punch well above the weight of your typical young adult horror tale. The show is being produced by the U.K.’s New Pictures, with Farren Blackburn — who’s directed episodes of Doctor Who and Daredevil — executive producing, as well as directing six of the first eight episodes.

The Innocents makes its streaming debut on Netflix on Aug. 24. Is your interest piqued?