Production on a new Netflix young adult series called Fate: The Winx Saga has begun in Ireland.

The series from showrunner Brian Young (Vampire Diaries) is based on a popular Italian animated franchise called Winx Club and will be a six-part live action adaptation of the cartoon.

It is filming in Wicklow, the streaming service announced on Tuesday. 

The series is described as a "coming-of age journey" and follows "five unlikely friends attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld, where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries and the monsters that threaten their very existence."

Netflix content executive Jennifer Breslow, commented: "We are extremely proud to bring this iconic set of strong female characters to life.

"We are committed to delivering a live action series that honors the original animated series, but also allows new fans to come along for the ride. Brian Young has done an incredible job with the adaptation and found a way to create a wildly entertaining and addictive genre series" 

Casting includes Abigail Cowen as Bloom (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Fosters), Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella (The Fugitives, Frankenstein), Precious Mustapha as Aisha (Endeavour), Eliot Salt as Terra (Gameface), Elisha Applebaum as Musa (Undercover Hooligan, No Reasons), Sadie Soverall as Beatrix (Rose Plays Julie), Freddie Thorp as Riven (The Discovery of Witches, Safe, Overdrive), Danny Griffin as Sky (So Awkward, The Gentlemen), Theo Graham as Dane (Clink, Hollyoaks, Brief Encounters) and Jacob Dudman as Sam (The Stranger, Medici, The A List).  

Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey), Josh Cowdery (Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them) Alex Macqueen (The Thick of It, Sally 4Ever) and Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn, The Last Kingdom) round off the cast.

Showrunner Brian Young added: "I know I'm a writer, but words truly cannot describe how excited we are to be bringing Fate: The Winx Saga to life with these incredible actors.  

"I can’t wait for Winx fans all over the world to see what we have in store for them, and for an entirely new audience to discover what we love so much about this world and these characters."

A release date for Fate: The Winx Saga, directed by Lisa James Larsson, has yet to be confirmed.

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