After seven years of dramatic twists and turns, Pretty Little Liars wrapped for good. Considering its large and super passionate fanbase, the idea of a reboot had naturally been something viewers were hoping for since the show ended. Well, it’s finally happening. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists premieres on Freeform on March 20 at 8 p.m. EST! And if you couldn’t tell by the trailer, it’s going to be nothing short of incredible.
OK, we’re screaming. So what else do we know about the show so far? Allow us to break it all down for you…
Who will star in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists?
Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish are reprising their roles of Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal. Plus, none other than Descendants star Sofia Carson will be joining the cast as a character named Ava. If that’s not promising enough, the series will also be directed by PLL showrunner I. Marlene King. Guaranteed hit, right? Former Nickelodeon star Sydney Park, Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford and newcomer Eli Brown are all joining the cast as well!
Where will The Perfectionists take place?
Say goodbye to Rosewood – this show is taking place somewhere new.
Marlene told TVLine, “The show takes place in the Pacific Northwest, and we wanted to be true to that, to Sara’s book… Plus, I really liked the way Rosewood became a character on Pretty Little Liars, [so I wanted to] have a new character, a new town. Portland and the Pacific Northwest are so moody and creepy to begin with. That’s going to be a lot of fun to explore.”
What is the Pretty Little Liars spinoff about?
The storyline will be based off the book written by Sara Shepard, the author of the original Pretty Little Liars books. According to Freeform, “Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from their top-tier college to their overachieving residents. But nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town’s first murder. Behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie and a needed alibi.”
Don’t expect it to pick up where PLL left off though. Sasha said it really doesn’t have much to do with the previous show. You see, Alison will join the faculty of Beacon Heights University — and when a student is brutally killed on campus, Ali finds herself in the middle of yet another dark mystery.
“It has nothing to do with PLL, they’re just kind of putting my character into it,” Sasha told E! News. “It’s still a murder mystery, and it’s a really interesting plotline.”
So what’s the deal with Mona? She’s still going to be the Mona we all know. But this time, we might actually be able to trust her.
“Will she still be Mona?” Janel explained to Teen Vogue. “Will she still have secrets? Yes, absolutely, ’cause that’s what makes her Mona. She doesn’t always share the whole truth of things that she knows. But can you trust her in this series? I think the answer is yes.”
Janel even confirmed in an interview with Elite Daily that Mona isn’t going to try to hide who she is anymore.
“I think she understands that she is a complicated person, I think the audience understands that, I think that’s kind of what makes her interesting to watch,” Janel said. “She’s never really just on anybody’s side, she’s kind of on her own. I think she’s established herself as one of the good guys, but she’s definitely got darkness, and issues and secrets, and that will stay the same [in The Perfectionists] because she’s Mona.”
She’s still that same, old Mona though — no matter how much she tries to change, darkness follows.
“Time has passed, she’s obviously not in Paris anymore [and] I think she’s really trying to be a person that people can trust,” the star added. “However, darkness still seems to follow Mona everywhere. There’s a new murderer, a new mystery, and she’s got to cope with that.”
How long did Janel and Sasha know about the PLL reboot before it got announced?
Got a secret? They can keep it. Sasha and Janel opened up about having to keep the big secret – turns out, they’ve known about it for quite some time.
“I’ve known that we were gonna do this for about a year,” Sasha told E! News in September 2017. “Obviously, I hadn’t been able to announce it yet. I didn’t know they were going to announce it today. People kept coming up to me and congratulating me and I’m like, ‘On what?’ And so I’m so excited that I get to talk about it now. Janel’s going to be in it with me. And Marlene, our creator/producer for PLL is also the creator of this show, The Perfectionists. It’s a new journey. It’s an awesome journey. And I can’t wait to start.”
Her costar Janel is just as pumped to get back into action.
“I’ve known about it for about a year so it’s really exciting to be able to talk about it,” Janel said in an interview with KISS 92.5 in October 2017. “It’s made the end of Pretty Little Liars a little less sad because I knew we were able to bring it back.”
Were Mona and Ali in The Perfectionists novels?
Although Mona and Ali weren’t in the books that the show is based off of, author Sara Shepard gives her stamp of approval for how they were written into the story.
She said in an interview, “I have read the pilot, and I love how Ali is written into the story. Not to give away too much, but she plays a big part at the school, though she isn’t one of the characters from the book. (Obviously, she’s Ali! And Ali wasn’t in those novels.) Mona is a little bit more nebulous. She comes in at the end, but I have a feeling she’s going to be a major linchpin to the series. That stuff we saw with Mona at the end of PLL, when she was in Paris? I think that connects to this story somehow. But I’m not sure quite how yet!”
OK, but seriously — we’re already obsessed with the spinoff. After all, that PLL series finale was a bummer for too many fans, so we need this.
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