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The Innocents looks like a mysterious version of Romeo and Juliet running away together

Not much is yet known about The Innocents, the new Netflix series from first-time writer-creators Hania Elkington and Simon Duric (a storyboard artist on The Crown and Black Mirror). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the eight-episode series explores the fallout after “teenagers Harry (Percelle Ascott) and June (Sorcha Groundsell) run away from their repressive family lives to be together.” So far, so Romeo And Juliet without the suicide. But then, “They’re quickly thrown into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that derails their innocent dream. Secrets kept from them by their parents test their love to the breaking point, and the extraordinary gift they possess unleashes powerful forces intent on dividing them forever.”

These “gifts” and “powerful forces” are apparently not of the normal variety, because it’s repeatedly described as a supernatural drama. Of course, you can’t really intuit any of that from the above teaser, which is long on oblique imagery and short on literally anything else. Mist, shattering glass, and characters staring pensively into the camera sets an effective mood of eerie darkness, but for much more, we’ll have to wait until Netflix reveals a few more details. Guy Pearce is set to costar in the series along with the teenage lovebirds; no release date has been announced. Knowing Netflix, they’ll probably unveil the entire thing as a surprise at the end of Riverdale’s season finale, or something.

Alex McLevy is a writer and editor at The A.V. Club, and would kindly appreciate additional videos of robots failing to accomplish basic tasks.

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