Motherland: Fort Salem Propaganda Posters

Freeform's new supernatural series gets some stylized propaganda posters featuring its leads to show off some world-building

A Propaganda Poster from the World of Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform

Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem has released propaganda-style posters from the upcoming speculative fiction series, which premieres in Spring of 2020. Set in an alternate reality where the witches of Salem made a deal to defend what would become the United States, the first season of the supernatural series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into their early deployment.

The posters feature some of the witch characters from the series, including Raelle (played by Taylor Hickson), Tally (played by Jessica Sutton), and Abigail (played by Ashley Nicole Williams). The first poster shows Anacostia (played by Demetria McKinney). And the last poster is General Sarah Alder played by Lyne Renee.

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As you can see from these images, in the world of Motherland, US history has been reshaped by this fateful alliance, turning gender roles and power dynamics on their head. Women are on the front lines of history as well as battle, and it appears that magic is a foundational part of the American identity, with pentacles taking the place of stars on the flag. 

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The trailer also showed some queer love among the recruits, and it will be interesting to see if this matriarchal military had the same issues with LGBTQ soldiers as ours, considering how often witch stories and queerness go together.  

Here’s the official description of the series:

A ten-episode, one-hour drama from executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. The series, created by Eliot Laurence (who also created “Claws”), 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.

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. 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. Ashley Nicole Williams 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. 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.

Here are the character descriptions we have so far:

  • 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 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”) plays General Sarah Alderthe highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader witches have ever known. 

The show is written and created by Eliot Laurence, and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (Vice, The Big Short) and Kevin Messick serve as executive producers. Will Ferrell and the guy who made Anchorman and Step-Brothers with him aren’t exactly two names that spring to mind for a teen/twentysomething queer occult show taking on gender roles. Here’s hoping there are no “Margot Robbie in a bathtub”-style scenes.

The pilot was directed by Steven A. Adelson, who has worked on Riverdale and Freeform’s own Siren, to give a further sense of what we might be able to expect from the show stylistically. 

Motherland: Fort Salem premieres in the spring of 2020 on Freeform.