Meghan Markle is teaming up with Netflix and Elton's husband to create a new animated series.
The Duchess of Sussex will executive produce Pearl (which is a working title) with David Furnish; Carolyn Soper (whose credits include Sherlock Gnomes); Liz Garbus; and Dan Cogan. Amanda Rynda has been tapped as showrunner and executive producer. This is to focus on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl as she meets notable women from history.
''Like many girls her age, her heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life's daily challenges,'' Meghan said in a statement. ''I'm thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.''
David said: ''I am delighted that we finally able to announce this exciting animated series. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages. The team collaborating on the series are first class, and Netflix are the perfect partner.''
Pearl is the first animated project coming out of Archewell Productions. Last fall, Markle and Prince Harry signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, feature films, scripted TV shows and children's series. Archewell Productions was created by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to produce programming that informs, elevates and inspires.
David previously worked on Rocketman and Gnomeo & Juliet (a picture of Elton in his gnome glasses follows).