Imagine if we could take a look at the life of some of the most recent presidents in the most awkward time of their lives: middle school. That’s exactly what Diary of a Future President aims to do and Disney+ has released the first trailer for the new series which is set to debut on the streaming service on January 17.
Created by Ilana Peña’s (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Diary of a Future President is inspired by her own childhood and tells the origin story of a future leader. Told using the narration of 12-year-old Cuban American girl Elena’s (Tess Romero of Blind Spot and Alternatino) diary, the series takes us through the ups and downs of those awkward days of middle school and the formative years that set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States. The series is produced by Gina Rodriguez and I Can and I Will Productions. Rodriguez directed the first episode and guest stars as grown-up Elena, who is now president of the United States.
Elena is described as “an unabashed, ultra-observant 12-year-old with a strong point of view, who walks through the world with purpose and confidence”. Charlie Bushnell makes his acting debut as Elena’s older brother Bobby while Orange is the New Black star Selenis Leyva stars as Gabi, Elena and Bobby’s sharp and loving mom. Michael Weaver (Here and Now, The Real O’Neals, Notes from the Underbelly) plays Sam, a lawyer at Gabi’s firm who is in the beginnings of a relationship with her.
Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) serves as the showrunner and will executive produce alongside Rodriguez, Peña and Emily Gipson (Someone Great).
Watch the trailer above and check out the poster below.
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