Kenny Ortega pulled out the Ouija board to find inspiration for his haunted teen musical series Julie and the Phantoms.
Julie and the Phantoms follows high schooler Julie played by newcomer Madison Reyes, who has lost her passion for music after grieving her mother’s death. While trying to get her groove back by hanging out in her mom’s old recording studio she is surprised when three dreamy musicians, Luke, Alex, and Reggie (played by Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada respectively) materialize from the ether and convince her to join their band. There’s just one significant issue with the guys: They are ghosts.
The show is based on a Brazilian TV series Julie e os Fantasmas. It is being adapted by the teen musical icon Kenny Ortega, best known for Newsies, Hocus Pocus, the High School Musical films, and The Descendants films. Julie and the Phantoms will be on Netflix as part of the deal Ortega signed with the streamer back in 2019. Ortega has said the Netflix series will not follow the original too closely. “We were given complete license to explore through the boundaries of what it was and to begin anew,” he said. “That’s what excited me. This was really a completely new exploration of the idea.”
The rest of the cast includes Booboo Stewart, Cheyenne Jackson, Carlos Ponce, Sonny Bustamante, Jadah Marie, Sacha Carlson and Savannah Lee May.
The series will consist of 9 half hour long episodes and will be accompanied by a 15-song soundtrack from the first season, sung and performed entirely by the cast. Featured on a few of the songs will be recurring cast member Cheyenne Jackson, who plays antagonist Caleb Covington, who has crossed paths with the Phantoms sometime in their past. “With the success of the series,” Ortega says he hopes Julie and the Phantoms “could be a touring group.”
Julie and the Phantoms will be available to stream on Netflix September 13th.