Warrior Nun (TV series)

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Warrior Nun
Warrior Nun (Title-screen).png
Genre
Created bySimon Barry
Based on
Starring
Narrated byAlba Baptista
Composer(s)Jeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Zack Tucker Gangnes
  • Peter Welter Soler
  • Matt Bosack
  • Todd Giroux
Production location(s)Spain
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time37–50 minutes
Production company(s)Reality Distortion Field
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
External links
Official website

Warrior Nun is an American fantasy drama web television series created by Simon Barry based on the comic book character Warrior Nun Areala by Ben Dunn.

Originally developed as a feature film adaptation, the idea was re-imagined as a television series for Netflix when the service had given the production a series order for a first season. Filming takes place in multiple locations in Spain.

The series is narrated and led by Portuguese actress Alba Baptista in the role of Ava Silva, a tetraplegic orphan who discovers she now has supernatural powers which force her to join an ancient order of warrior nuns. The series marks Baptista's English-language debut. The cast also features Toya Turner, Thekla Reuten, Lorena Andrea, Kristina Tonteri-Young and Tristan Ulloa.

The series debuted on July 2, 2020 on Netflix, to positive reviews.[1]

Premise[edit]

Warrior Nun revolves around the story of a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back. She discovers she is now part of the ancient Order of the Cruciform Sword that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 28, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes.[4] Simon Barry was set to serve as showrunner for the series. Barry is also credited as an executive producer alongside Stephen Hegyes with Terri Hughes Burton serving as a co-executive producer for the series.[5] Production companies involved with the series are Barry's Reality Distortion Field and Fresco Film Services.[6][7] The series premiered on July 2, 2020.[1]

Casting[edit]

Sometime after the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Alba Baptista, Toya Turner, Tristan Ulloa, Thekla Reuten, Kristina Tonteri-Young, Lorena Andrea, and Emilio Sakraya would star in the series.[5] On April 1, 2019, it was announced that Sylvia De Fanti had joined the cast as a series regular.[8]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the first season took place on location in Marbella, Ronda, Antequera, Málaga, and Sevilla, Spain from March 11, 2019 to July 5, 2019. The El Tajo Gorge was featured prominently in one of the scenes. [9][10][11]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Psalms 46:5"Jet WilkinsonTeleplay by : Simon BarryJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)

The episode begins with the events unfolding at a church where we find the corpse of Ava Silva and a team of nuns including the last Warrior Nun - Sister Shannon. Sister Shannon soon dies from wounds she received in a recent battle against armed mercenaries. When the armed mercenaries find them at the church, the nuns race to extract the holy object from Sister Shannon and hide it in Ava's corpse.

Ava is soon resurrected and finds she is able to walk and is not a tetraplegic anymore. With her new found abilities to walk and run, she explores the city. She later jumps into a pool, and is saved by JC from drowning. JC introduces Ava to his friends – who are squatting at a mansion. When she goes to a party with the group, she finds an ethereal monster.

Meanwhile, at the Church Father Vincent and the nuns find Ava's body (and the holy object) missing. Father Vincent searches for her at her orphanage and try to track her down. Later, a Tarask from hell enters the church to find the holy object has been extracted from the body of Sister Shannon.
2"Proverbs 31:25"Jet WilkinsonTerri Hughes BurtonJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
3"Ephesians 6:11"Agnieszka SmoczyńskaAmy BergJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
4"Ecclesiasticus 26:9-10"Agnieszka SmoczyńskaDavid HayterJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
5"Matthew 7:13"Sarah WalkerMatt BosackJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
6"Isaiah 30:20-21"Sarah WalkerAmy BergJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
7"Ephesians 4:22-24"Mathias HerndlSheila Wilson & Suzanne KeillyJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
8"Proverbs 14:1"Mathias HerndlDavid Hayter & Matt BosackJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
9"2 Corinthians 10:4"Simon BarryTerri Hughes BurtonJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
10"Revelation 2:10"Simon BarrySimon BarryJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)

Release[edit]

On June 17, 2020, Netflix released the official trailer for the series.[12]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 74% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Though Warrior Nun's heavy handed set-up weighs it down, committed performances and excellent fight choreography may be enough for those looking for more pulp with their pulpit."[13] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on reviews from 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jensen, Erin (June 24, 2020). "New on Netflix in July 2020: 'Kissing Booth 2,' 'Baby-Sitters Club,' Charlize Theron". USA Today. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 19, 2018). "'The I-Land' Starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer Among 3 Sci-Fi Series Ordered by Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Netflix will debut series with the Portuguese Joaquim de Almeida and Alba Baptista" (in Portuguese). New In Town. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Netflix adds three new series to thrilling sci-fi drama slate including THE I-LAND, OCTOBER FACTION and WARRIOR NUN". Netflix Media Center. September 28, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 18, 2019). "'Warrior Nun': Alba Baptista To Star, Toya Turner, Tristan Ulloa, Thekla Reuten Among Six More Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Booth, Kaitlyn (December 2, 2018). "Game of Thrones Production Company Preps Avatar's 'Warrior Nun' Netflix Series". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Brzoznowski, Kristin (March 21, 2019). "Warrior Nun begins production for Netflix". World Screen. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2019). "'Warrior Nun': Sylvia De Fanti Cast In Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Charlie (December 1, 2018). "Game of Thrones company shoot new 10-part Netflix series on Costa del Sol". The Olive Press. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Simon Barry [@SimonDavisBarry] (March 10, 2019). "Countdown to March 11, first day of shooting Warrior Nun for Netflix and Netflix Content so here are some of the sisters of legend that came before our Ava. Beautiful art by Lukasz Trzcinski" (Tweet). Retrieved July 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Simon Barry [@SimonDavisBarry] (July 5, 2019). "The final day/night of shooting Warrior Nun season 1 - our 6 month journey ends in a beautiful location surrounded by beautiful people. Thank you SPAIN and the amazing Spanish production team, artists & technicians who made this special show" (Tweet). Retrieved July 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (June 17, 2020). "Netflix's Warrior Nun is full-blown goth magical girl action". Polygon. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "Warrior Nun: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Warrior Nun: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved July 15, 2020.

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