Utopia Falls trailer unites the art of dance with stylish science fiction

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Before you dismiss the trailer for Hulu's upcoming original series UTOPIA FALLS as just another teen drama, let it be known that the show is set to feature the voice of Snoop Dogg and music from artists including Kendrick Lamar, Alessia Cara, The Notorious B.I.G., Daneil Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Bill Withers and The Roots! Ah, I've got your attention now, don't I?

UTOPIA FALLS is the first ever Sci-Fi Hip-hop television series and it's from the creator/director of FIND ME IN PARIS, R.T. Thorne. It is prestige television for a new generation of young audiences who are culturally diverse, socially and politically minded, and are motivated to see themselves and their issues represented on screen.

Here's the official synopsis for UTOPIA FALLS:

Hundreds of years in the future, in the last living colony on earth, a city called New Babyl, twenty-four teenage candidates are chosen to take part in an annual musical competition known as The Exemplar. For all of them it's a chance to write their names in the history books, but for Aliyah, the independent and adventurous daughter to a city government official, it’s the beginning of an incredible adventure. Through the discovery of a mysterious archive, she is exposed to hip-hop, an ancient form of music culture, which will lead her to question everything she has ever known and change her world forever.
The journey to unravel that mystery will play out over the course of the first season while our candidates prepare and participate in The Exemplar competition. Channeling the rebellious spirit of Hip-hop, Aliyah and her friends face off against the government for the freedom of the people in a finale that will rock the very foundation of their society, changing all of their lives forever.

Joseph Mallozzi (Syfy's DARK MATTER, STARGATE franchise) will serve as showrunner alongside Thorne for UTOPIA FALLS, which stars Robyn Alomar (RIOT GIRLS), Akiel Julien (AMERICAN GODS), Robbie Graham-Kuntz (FULL OUT), Phillip Lewitski (SUPERNATURAL), Humberly Gonzalez (ORPHAN BLACK), Devyn Nekoda (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATIONand Mickeey Nguyen (MAKE IT POP). Also joining the cast are Kate Drummond (WYNONNA EARP), Jeff Teravainen (DARK MATTER), Huse Madhavji (SAVING HOPE) and Dwain Murphy (THE STRAIN), and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg as the voice of the Archive.

Mallozzi and Thorne will also executive produce the series, which has Boi-1da, renowned music producer (Drake Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, Micki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar) serving as the show's Executive Music Producer; and choreographer Tanisha Scott, three-time MTV VMA-nominated choreographer (Cardi B, Rihanna, Sean Paul).

I might not be the target audience for UTOPIA FALLS, though I will certainly lend the show a tip of my hat for paying such much-deserved respect to the rap skills of Busta Rhymes in this first trailer. Also, kudos to Hulu for bringing something unique to the table, as the entertainment stratosphere is always in need of new ideas.

All 10 episodes of UPTOPIA FALLS will dance their way onto Hulu this February 14th, Valentine's Day!

Source: Hulu

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a JoBlo.com editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.