Fireheart is an upcoming new animated feature that takes the well-worn Shakespearian trope of a female dressing as a man to infiltrate a sexist vocation and gives it a fiery spin.
It’s the tale of Georgia Nolan, who has always wanted to be a firey just like her dad – but can’t, because in the New York City of 1930, women aren’t allowed to be firemen. “But, when the city’s firemen begin to disappear in a series of mysterious fires at Broadway theatres, Georgia sees a golden opportunity. She disguises herself as ‘Joe,’ an awkward young man, and joins the team of improvised firemen in charge of stopping the arsonist. Georgia must preserve her false identity at all costs, especially since her father will be in charge of this high-risk investigation.”
Coming from Canada’s L’Atelier Animation, a decent voice cast includes Olivia Cooke, Kenneth Branagh, Laurie Holden and William Shatner.
The soundtrack could be fun, too, featuring modern pop songs given 1920s-styled orchestration.
Expect Fireheart in Australian cinemas “soon” – which we’re led to believe will be January 13, 2022.