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League of Legends Arcane anime TV series: release date, trailer, cast, leaks, more

Published: 25/Sep/2021 19:00 Updated: 25/Sep/2021 19:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends is finally coming to the small screen ⁠— Riot Games has unveiled new animated series “Arcane” coming to Netflix later this year. Here’s everything we know about the limited series so far, including release date, casting, early Jinx vs Vi story leaks, and more.

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The fallout between sisters Jinx and Vi will be the main story in Arcane.
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The fallout between sisters Jinx and Vi will be the main story in Arcane.

Riot finally greenlight TV series

League of Legends is finally coming to the small screen.

Back in October 2019, it was announced Riot Games were working on a League of Legends anime. Six months later, “Arcane” was officially unveiled amid the game’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, where it was also confirmed that Jinx and Vi would star as main characters.

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Riot and Netflix have since confirmed the show will follow “the origins of two iconic League champions, and the power that will tear them apart.”

LoL fans will finally get to explore Zaun and Piltover in a TV series this year.
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LoL fans will finally get to explore Zaun and Piltover in a new TV series this year.

Arcane’s Netflix release date

Riot Games has announced that Arcane will premiere on Netflix on November 6.

The show had a few delays but League of Legends fans will finally see the game’s champions on the Netflix screen this fall.

Jinx will be the first LoL champion to star in a Runeterra series.
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Jinx will be the first LoL champion to star in a Runeterra series.

League of Legends Arcane trailers

Arcane Anniversary Announcement

The original Arcane trailer debuted back on October 16, 2019. Steeped in lore, it showed us Piltover, the “city of progress,” and its fume-infested underground twin, Zaun.

Arcane Netflix Teaser

On May 4 this year, Netflix dropped its own 18-second teaser.

‘A Score To Settle’ Story Trailer

Riot Games unveiled a new Arcane story trailer, “A Score to Settle”. The new trailer showed us a short clip from the animated series.

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Arcane Twitter account launches, teases new video

After some silence, on September 20, Arcane’s Twitter account went live and tweeted out this video, teasing a few champions.

First official Arcane trailer

During Netflix’s TUDUM fan event, they company revealed the first full-length trailer for Arcane.

Leaked Arcane scene

On August 8, an early sneak peek at one of Arcane’s opening scenes was leaked by “Anonymous_B” on Chinese social media site Weibo.

The scene sees Jinx and Vi — both quite young — watching over Zaun. They see other residents of the rundown Runeterra city, graffiti, and one of Vi’s old toys stuck on an electric line. The early footage reveals exactly what Arcane will look like when it airs on Netflix animation-wise, and how the voice acting will sound.

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This Dexerto writer can report the 3D imagery looks seamless.

LoL Arcane casting news

Netflix has released eight character posters for the upcoming Riot Games-led animated series, confirming several big names for the project.

The biggest name among them is Hailee Steinfield (Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), who will be playing Jinx’s sister Vi. The lead character herself, Jinx, will be played by Ella Purnell, who recently starred in fantasy/adventure flick Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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Vi (Steinfield), Jinx (Purnell), and Jayce (Alejandro) appear to be the show’s lead characters.

Game of Thrones alum Harry Lloyd will appear as a young Viktor, while Harry Potter star Katie Leung will play sheriff Caitlyn.

Here are all Arcane’s confirmed actors:

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  • Vi ⁠— Hailee Steinfeld
  • Jinx ⁠— Ella Purnell
  • Jayce — Kevin Alejandro
  • Caitlyn — Katie Leung
  • Silco — Jason Spisak
  • Mel — Toks Olagundoye
  • Vander — JB Blanc
  • Viktor — Harry Lloyd

The show’s IMDB listing still has yet to list any writers or producers.

The new "cinematic universe" will run alongside upcoming animated series 'Arcane.'
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Leading Arcane heroine Jinx will be played by Ella Purnell, while Hailee Steinfield will bring Vi to life.

What will Arcane be about?

Arcane will tell the origin story of Jinx and her sister Vi.

The League of Legends series will explore the sisters’ childhood in Piltover and Zaun, and explore the twin cities. Piltover is the upper-side utopia, while Zaun is the mean streets, and is Runeterra’s dystopian underbelly.

In current day LoL lore, Jinx and Vi are less than friends. The sisters throw snide remarks at each other and Jinx taunts her sibling whenever they meet. Jinx has become an infamous Zaun terrorist and Vi is a Piltover sheriff. The show will explore how the two sisters got to their modern-day relationship (or lack thereof).

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Dexerto also expects loads of other popular Zaun and Piltover champions to appear in the upcoming animated series.

These could include:

  • Camille
  • Caitlyn
  • Ezreal
  • Jayce
  • Orianna
  • Vi
  • Heimerdinger
  • Jinx
  • Ekko
  • Twitch
  • Blitzcrank
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Janna
  • Singed
  • Urgot
  • Viktor
  • Warwick
  • Zac
  • Ziggs

Riot wrote: “We’ll dive deeply into the stories and struggles of these characters and find out what their lives look like, what made them who they are today.”