Showmax has released the trailer for its latest Afrikaans series, Trompoppie, set to premiere on December 7, with new episodes every Thursday until 8 February 2024.
Trompoppie is the first Showmax Original from SAFTA and Silwerskerm-winning writer and director Etienne Fourie with multi-award winners Homebrew Films set to produce.
The series stars Melissa Myburgh as Luna alongside Stian Bam who stars as her widowed father.
Speaking about her new role, Myburgh says working with Fourie was a big draw for her.
“In 2014, I watched Die Windpomp and it is my whole family’s favourite Afrikaans film,” she says. “It was part of what made me want to make Afrikaans films and TV. There is no one else like him in our industry.”
The rest of the cast includes SAFTA nominee Marion Holm who plays Jill Peterson, an ageing soap star who discovers Luna, arranges her bursary and takes her under her wing.
“Audiences will see Marion in a completely new way,” teases Fourie. “Jill is a force of nature.”
Albert Maritz stars as Jill’s husband, Fred alongside newcomers Celeste Loots better known for her breakthrough role as Kaya in One Piece, and 14-year-old Luca Human who play their daughters Zanne and Elke.
According to the show’s logline, Trompoppie follows Luna, a talented gymnast, who is awarded a bursary to attende a prestigious private school. Soon she is thrust into the cut-throat world of an elite group of drum majorettes, aka “trompoppies”.
After a hazing ritual goes badly wrong, cheerleaders start turning up dead and the seemingly perfect facade of the community begins to crumble.
Watch trailer below: