In December 2005, komiks fans received a Christmas gift of sorts when writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo released the fantasy comic, Trese. The story revolves around Alexandra Trese, a detective who deals with mysterious crimes that have supernatural origins around Manila.
With its great storytelling and unconventional storyline, Trese has immediately captured the interest of komiks fans, with a lot praising its creators. The comic also won the National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature in 2010, and has been nominated for several literature awards in the country. (Read: 3 Pinoy Komiks That Are Worth Checking Out on penlab.ink)
Because of its immense success until now, Netflix has picked up Trese for an original anime series which will be released this year! Two versions— one English and one Filipino language— will be produced, with two beautiful actresses voicing the iconic supernatural detective!
Voices of Alexandra Trese: Liza Soberano
The 23-year-old Filipino-American actress, Liza Soberano, will be voicing Alexandra for the Filipino version of the series. According to Jay Oliva, the executive producer of the series, he was so excited when he found out that Liza has been cast as Alexandra.
“Imagine my delight when we confirmed Liza Soberano joining the Filipino voice cast! I am a big fan of hers and she fits the character so well,” he said. (Read: Liza Soberano Opens Up About Anxiety, Shares Tips for Good Mental Health)
Liza, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude through an Instagram post. “It’s an honor to be the voice of an iconic character such as Alexandra Trese. I’m a huge fan of Budjette and KaJO’s award-winning Trese comics. Maraming salamat! Excited na ako,” she wrote.
Voices of Alexandra Trese: Shay Mitchell
For the English version of Trese, Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell will be lending her voice to Alexandra. Most known for her role as Emily Fields in the mystery thriller series Pretty Little Liars, Shay has been involved in several other thriller projects throughout her career, such as YOU and The Possession of Hannah Grace. (Read: 6 Religious Titles You Need to Watch on Netflix This Lent)
Trese‘s executive producer said when Shay stepped into the recording booth, all his concerns in finding the perfect voice for Alexandra went away. “Shay’s Alexandra exceeded my expectations and she delivers a performance of strength, determination, and family duty that is at the very core of the character,” he said.
Netflix still hasn’t announced the release date for the Trese series, but says it will be this year. It’s produced by BASE Entertainment, a Jakarta- and Singapore-based studio.