EXCLUSIVE: Disney Junior is ramping up its voice cast for Elena Of Avalor, the spinoff of its popular Sofia The First series that will debut sometime this year. Jane The Virgin‘s Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui are among the new names joining Aimee Carrero, who will portray what the Disney is saying is its first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.
Elena will be introduced in a special episode of the mothership series Sofia The First. The enchanted fairytale kingdom of Avalor was introduced in that series, which is consistently a top-rated show on Disney Junior.
The plot: Elena’s journey began long ago when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by the evil sorceress Shuriki. She bravely faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel (Ortega), and grandparents but in the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, saving her life but imprisoning her at the same time. Decades later, Princess Sofia of Enchancia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her royal family and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.
Parnell (in a departure to say the least from Archer), Brown (Community) and Alazraqui (Sheriff Callie’s Wild West) voice a trio of magical flying creatures called Jaquins who support Elena as she learns how to rule her kingdom. Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson and Joe Nunez are also in the cast.
Disney Television Animation is producing. Sofia The First‘s Craig Gerber, repped by APA and Bloom Hergott, is executive producing.