Play ball! A League of Their Own is returning to the screen in a whole new way…and we’ve got the newly released trailer to prove it!
The beloved 1992 film — which starred Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks and Madonna — has been rebooted and revamped into the highly anticipated Amazon Prime series of the same name.
Created by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, the eight-episode series stars Jacobson herself in addition to Roberta Colindrez, D’Arcy Carden, Kate Berlant, Nick Offerman, and O’Donnell (in a role that has not been disclosed yet).
Similar to the film, the series will follow the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which formed in the mid-1940s while men were fighting in World War II. Revolutionary for its time, the league included 650 women who battled sexism and racism for the love of the game. But this time the spotlight is shining on queer players too, highlighting stories that were left out of the acclaimed Penny Marshall film.
The irony, however, is that a majority of women in the league were queer, according to former player Maybelle Blair.
“Out of 650, I bet you 400 was gay,” Blair shared at the Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.
Though with blatant societal and internal homophobia ingrained in the nation, the former Peoria Redwings pitcher recognizes that the world wouldn’t have been ready to see the league in that way either in her playing days or as late as the 1990s.
The new series captures “what Penny Marshall would love to have done, but it was way too early for anybody to accept anything, including myself,” Blair said.
A League of Their Own premieres on Amazon Prime August 12.
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