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“Shadow and Bone”

Get on board for the journey of a lifetime when the new series “Shadow and Bone” premieres Friday, April 23, on Netflix. Based on the worldwide bestsellin­g Grisha trilogy by American author Leigh Bardugo, “Shadow and Bone” blends the occult with Russian folklore to present the story of Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li, “All About Eve,” 2019), a teenage orphan and map maker who lets loose a remarkable and unknown power while trying to save her friend, Malyen, aka Mal (Archie Renaux, “Gold Digger”), from a dark and terrible fate as they travel through an area known as the Shadow Fold and away from the militant, Russian-inspired kingdom of Ravka. Learning that she has used the powers of a sect of people called the Grisha — people who can summon elements to use as powers — and that she may be one of them, Alina is recruited by Gen. Kirigan (Ben Barnes, “The Punisher”) to use her newfound power to change the fate of war-torn Ravka forever. Co-produced by Thane Watkins (“Deadpool,” 2016), Eric Heisserer (“Bird Box,” 2018) and Rand Geiger (“Stranger Things”), the eight-part first season will include episodes directed by Mairzee Almas (“Outlander”), Lee Toland Kreiger (“The Age of Adaline,” 2015), Dan Liu (“Fear the Walking Dead”) and Jeremy Webb (“The Umbrella Academy”). Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”), Amita Suman (“The Outpost”) and Kit Young (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 2019) also star.

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Jessie Mei Li stars in “Shadow and Bone”

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