"Motherland: Fort Salem" – Born Witches… Made Warriors: A Legacy Passed From Mother To Daughter [OFFICIAL TRAILER]

We've been tracking production on Freeform's upcoming Motherland: Fort Salem for some time now, so we're pretty excited to get our eyeballs on the show's magic when it premieres Wednesday, March 18. Claws creator Eliot Laurence and executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick have offered previews and teasers that gave viewers a better sense of the alt-history backstory at play – but now?

We have to say, we're getting an official trailer that's the most impressive preview we've gotten to date – dialing back on the historical aspects to give us a better sense of the look and style of the series.

Check it out for yourselves below – and our two cents? We're all-in on the fighting scenes big time…

Created by Eliot Laurence (who also created "Claws"), "Motherland: Fort Salem" is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country. "Motherland: Fort Salem" follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with women on the front lines, the fight looming and terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

(Freeform/Eike Schroter)

"Motherland: Fort Salem" season 1, episode 1 "Say The Words": Three witches join basic training at Fort Salem where they'll prepare for the front lines, fighting looming terrorist threats with supernatural tactics and weapons.

(Freeform/David Bukach)

"Motherland: Fort Salem" season 1, episode 2 "My Witches": The unit travels to Salem Town for an annual witch celebration, but an unexpected disturbance throws the proceedings into chaos. Tally wonders if she made the right choice to embark on a military career when witch-hate and her own mother stand in her way. Smarting from Alder's denial of her request to switch units, Abigail attempts to bury the hatchet with Raelle. Raelle grows closer to Scylla, while the unit impresses Anacostia in Windstrike training.

(Freeform/David Bukach)
(Freeform/David Bukach)
motherland fort salem
(Freeform/Eike Schroter)
motherland fort salem
(Freeform/David Bukach)
motherland fort salem
(Freeform/David Bukach)
motherland fort salem
(Freeform/David Bukach)
motherland fort salem
(Freeform/Eike Schroter)

Taylor Hickson (Deadly Class) portrays Raelle, a reluctant recruit with major authority issues whose mother recently died in the line of duty.

Jessica Sutton (The Kissing Booth) is Tally, a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted despite her mother's passionate disapproval.

Ashley Nicole Williams (Shepard) plays Abigail, an unquestionably alpha, smart, driven and courageous witch who hails from the upper echelons of military witch society and is excited to be joining the ranks of the witches' army.

Amalia Holm (Playground) rounds out the young witch recruits playing Scylla, a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who is not what she appears to be.

Demetria McKinney (The Saints and Sinners) plays Anacostia, a tough but wryly humorous drill sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training.

Lyne Renee (Deep State) recurs as General Sarah Alder, the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader the witches have ever known.

The ten-episode, one-hour drama Motherland: Fort Salem is written and created by Laurence and produced by Freeform Studios, Gary Sanchez Productions, and McKay's Hyperobject Industries. Gary Sanchez Productions recently produced Vice, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards; and most recently, McKay and Messick received Golden Globes for Best Drama Series for Succession. Laurence, Ferrell, McKay, Messick, Adelson, and Maria Maggenti serve as executive producers on the series.

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (Freeform)

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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