MTV has found success with smaller teen-centric thrillers like Scream and Teen Wolf, but can the millennial network go full-on epic for its The Shannara Chronicles adaptation? The first trailer for the Jon Favreau-produced fantasy world has arrived, channeling everything from Lord of the Rings to Thor and I Am Legend.

For those unfamiliar with the 25-book franchise that began in 1977, the Shannara series follows the titular family hundreds of years after the destruction of our own civilization, whose magical powers “perpetually reshape the future of the world.” Intriguingly, Jon Favreau’s adaptation (with Smallville producers Al Gough and Miles Millar at the helm) stars with the chronologically second novel, The Elfstones of Shannara, as its first season.


As seen in the Comic-Con trailer above, MTV’s Shannara Chronicles features among its cast Poppy Drayton as Elven princess Amberle, Arrow alum Austin Butler and Manu Bennett as Wil Ohmsford and the Druid Allanon, Ivana Baquero as Eretria, John Rhys-Davies as King Eventine, Brooke Williams as Catania, Marcus Vanco as Bandon, Daniel MacPherson as Arion, Aaron Jakubenko as Ander, and Dexter alum James Remar as Cephalo.

MTV’s Shannara Chronicles will premiere in January of 2016, but take a look at the epic first trailer above, and see what you think of the long-gestating fantasy adaptation.