‘UPA Next‘, the new original series of ATREplayer PREMIUM, announced this afternoon its new protagonists. He did it at the UPA NEXT Reveal Party, a big meetup streamed on Twitch hosted by Atresmedia with the help of Mahou.
Quique González, Mónica Mara, Marc Betriu, Claudia Lachispa, Almudena Salort, Marc Soler, Karina Soro, Alex Medina and Nuno Gallego will play the new original series of ATRESplayer PREMIUM; a new generation of young actors who have great skills and training in acting and dance, and who will bring the students of the Carmen Arranz school to life.
In this new stage of the series, Miguel Angel Munoz, Monica Cruz and Beatriz Luengo they will return to bring their popular characters Rober, Silvia and Lola to life; yes, this time they will do it as school teachers. The fixed cast also includes actors Lucas Velasco and Marta Guerras who will play Professors Luiso and Sira respectively. Moreover, the new series of ATREplayer PREMIUM will also have special episodic participations, among which that of Lola Herrerawho will again embody the mythical Carmen Arranz.
This is how the characters of UPA Next are
ANDRE (Monica Mara)
Andrea lives with her father in a wealthy neighborhood. He lacks nothing, he is at the forefront of fashion and he is very sporty. Her mother, who died when she was little, taught her ballet. That’s why she wants to dedicate herself to dancing body and soul. Enthusiastic and extroverted, she is not aware that deep down she is a classist. Sweet but strong, she doesn’t give up easily.
OMAR (Quique Gonzalez)
Of Cuban origin, Omar lives in a modest neighborhood of the city, with his mother and younger brothers. He has few financial resources, so he has to work carrying boxes to help with family expenses. Music and dance are her refuge, especially urban dance. He is a good friend, hardworking and very familiar.
LUCA (Marc Betriu)
Luca has become independent and doesn’t have much of a relationship with his parents. He has a gift for music and is always accompanied by his guitar. Liberal in terms of relationships, living in the present without fearing tomorrow. At first it is difficult for him to make friends, but then he is the most devoted. Cheerful, extroverted, without complexes, irreverent, with a sharp tongue, but with a big heart.
ELVIRA (Claudia Lachispa)
He is not aware of it, but he has a great talent for singing and a lot of self-confidence. He helps his parents in an antique furniture store. She never left her neighborhood and that’s why Elvira is a bit naive, which attracts people’s affection. Suddenly, the opportunity arises to change a life that was going to be the same as that of his parents and grandparents. Sincere, honest, spontaneous, charming and affectionate.
SERGIO (Marc Soler)
Sergio lived with his mother in the United States until now. Since childhood, he dreamed of following in the footsteps of his father, who was a dancer, whom he has not seen since he was a child. Although he is not the most gifted, he works hard and gives everything to stand out, even if it means playing tricks on his teammates. He has something dark in his eyes.
LALA LAZY (Almudena Salort)
This trapper, rap is scary. With a mother in prison and without a large family, he had to snatch the chestnuts from the fire. With a strong and independent character, firm and with a problematic background, which made him a leader on many occasions. But underneath that facade is a very empathetic and protective person.
Tara (Karina Soro)
This otaku girl who sports a K-POP aesthetic is successful on social media, while working at a store selling comic manga and Japanese geek merchandise. She has always loved to dance and she excels in this field. Friendly, direct, she says everything she thinks, but without malice. She is natural, transparent, affectionate and very attentive to her family.
SUSO (Alex Medina)
Suso is an expert dancer, specializing in the urban. He takes great care of himself physically, but he has anxiety issues which lead him to resort to drugs to relax, although he is not addicted. Friendly and kind, everyone loves him.
DARIO (Nuno Gallego)
Marked by a spectacular physique, he is a handsome kid. It becomes authentic for life. On the artistic level, he masters the most technical part of the sound, he plays the guitar and the keyboard.
ROBER (Miguel Angel Munoz)
Rober owns the rights to UPA and returns to Madrid from the United States with the idea of reviving the brand and staging a musical around the legendary group. For that he will have to convince Silvia and Lola. He still retains his appeal and that charisma that puts him above everything else, but he hides a more ambitious secret that no one knows.
SILVIA (Monica Cruz)
Silvia has been the principal of the school since Carmen Arranz retired, but business is not going well at all. She was estranged from her colleagues for years, with whom she ended up falling out for different reasons. Now, he refuses to put on the musical so as not to meet them again. But he quickly realizes that calling a casting for this purpose can attract students and save the school.
LOLA (Beatriz Luengo)
Lola is separated and has two daughters, aged 5 and 7, who live with her father in Barcelona, with whom she shares custody. She dropped out of school due to disagreements with Silvia and went on to succeed as a choreographer for artists. Now he will return to collaborate on the musical UPA, with the idea of showing that he is still a star. The quarrels of the past will test his friendship with Silvia.
LUISO (Lucas Velasco)
Luiso is Silvia’s current partner and her right-hand man at Carmen Arranz’s school. A man who likes to pose challenges and challenges to his students. Personally, he is reserved and has a certain halo of mystery. He had a previous romantic relationship with one of our protagonists, which ended badly and has repercussions in the future. He will also exert an attraction on one of the new students.
SIRA (Marta Guerras)
Sira is one of the new teachers at school. Without complex, direct and natural, she loves adventure, trying new things and getting out of her comfort zone. He is in a romantic relationship with another of the adults in the school, a relationship that is not currently experiencing its best moment.
‘UPA Next’, which has already started recordings of its 8 episodes, is an original production by Atresmedia Televisión in collaboration with Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) and stars Montse García, Laura Fdez, Espeso, Javier Pons and Lucas Gil as executive producers. The series will be directed by Lucas Gil and Sandra Gallego. Luis San Narciso was in charge of the series’ artistic direction and casting. For his part, Emilio Díez acts as co-executive producer and leads the team of screenwriters made up of Abraham Sastre, Álvaro Bermúdez de Castro, Javier Galán and Raquel Haro.
In ‘UPA Next‘ music and dance are the absolute protagonists of each episode. The person in charge of the choreographies will be the dancer and choreographer Toni Espinosa, and the audiovisual group Manson will be in charge of interpreting the musical numbers, responsible for the video clips of artists and groups such as Rosalía, C. Tangana, Katy Perry, Raw Alejandro, J Balvin or Prodigy.
“A step forward” was a revolution in the panorama of Spanish series with the introduction of the musical genre in fiction and ATRESplayer PREMIUM recovers, almost two decades later, the fiction that has been a benchmark for a whole generation that marked the history of television on Antena 3: it was seen by 3.6 million viewers on average over 6 seasons and with episodes that exceeded 4.7 million followers. “One step forward” was a phenomenon that returns with new chapters in ATRESplayer PREMIUM.
The event UPA NEXT revelation evening, in which the main cast of the series was announced, had Cristinini and Carolina Iglesias as masters of ceremonies, and with the participation of Beatriz Luengo representing the first generation of ‘Un Paso Adel’, and which will also be part of ‘ UPA Next’. Fans of fiction were able to meet exclusively the new generation of actors and the characters they will play.
A meeting full of energy and emotion, where music and dance were the protagonists. UPA Next Reveal Party also had the participation of Toni Espinosa, official choreographer of the series, and streamers Elesky and Elisawavess. The event was developed hand in hand with Mahou who, true to her belief that encounters between people are essential for a better life, offers UPA NEXT fans unique encounters with the protagonists. So, the UPA NEXT Revel Party was just the first of many more moments of connection Mahou will achieve between the fictional actors and their followers.
This is UPA Next
They succeeded more than 15 years and Rober returns from the United States with the idea of staging a great musical and bringing together old UPA hits with new ones, to shine like years ago.
Together with Silvia and Lola they will launch the school entrance exams, in which a new group of students, dancers, singers and composers will participate, who will be able to participate in the musical and bring new rhythms to the center.
The teaching team will be joined by Luiso and Sira, who will face a new generation of young people, with whom they will collide and immerse themselves in new cultures and current styles.
ATRESplayer PREMIUM, the local hero
ATREplayer PREMIUM has consolidated its position as a local hero as a benchmark for pay television in our country. It continues to move forward and set the tone through its content, its technology, the quality of its formats and the success of its pampering. A way of working different from that of its competitors, developing ideas that start from the local, a differential attribute, to then travel around the world thanks to its quality and reputation.