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Marvel’s ‘Echo’ Series Will Also Be Dubbed in Choctaw Language

Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ Original series “Echo” will also get a full audio dub in the Choctaw language.  The show’s main character Maya Lopez, who is played by Alaqua Cox, is a member of the Choctaw Nation, and director Sydney Freeland wanted the show to reflect her heritage.

For authenticity, Freeland and her team consulted with the Choctaw Nation regarding the history, costumes, and characters.

“In the process of working and collaborating with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, in working with the Choctaw language experts and consultants, it became very apparent that we needed to do a dub in Choctaw as well,” Freeland told EW. “And we’re incredibly proud of it.”

“Placing the story of Echo in the actual Choctaw language helps make our character more authentic to her heritage, because we get to delve into the specifics of Choctaw culture and traditions,” Freeland told EW. “I’m indigenous, I’m American, but I’m Navajo. And the Choctaw language and the Navajo language are completely different from each other; they’re as different as Portuguese and Polish. And so one of the things that was important for us was making sure that we had people who were experts in Choctaw language. But a lot of really great things came out of that collaboration — specifically, in the second episode of our series, we actually get to see a portion of pre-European contact America that I can genuinely say has never been seen on film before. That came as a direct result of our collaboration with the Choctaw Nation in trying to tell a more authentic story.”

Marvel has also shared a behind the scenes featurette video depicting working closely with Choctaw Nation.  You can see that video below:

“Echo” will premiere on Disney+ on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.  The entire five-episode series will be available at 6 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET, and 1 a.m. UK time exclusively on Disney+. Additionally, all episodes will be available to stream on Hulu in the United States through April 9th.

The five-episode streaming event spotlights Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) as she is pursued by Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire. When the journey brings her home, she must confront her own family and legacy.

“Echo” also stars Chaske Spencer (“Wild Indian,” “The English”), Graham Greene (“1883,” “Goliath”), Tantoo Cardinal (“Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Stumptown”), Devery Jacobs (FX’s “Reservation Dogs,” “American Gods”), Zahn McClarnon (“Dark Winds,” FX’s “Reservation Dogs”), Cody Lightning (“Hey, Viktor!” “Four Sheets to the Wind”) and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Hawkeye,” “Godfather of Harlem”).

Episodes of the series are directed by Sydney Freeland (Navajo) and Catriona McKenzie (Gunaikurnai). Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard, Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Richie Palmer, Jason Gavin (Blackfeet), Marion Dayre and Sydney Freeland. Co-executive producers are Jennifer L. Booth and Amy Rardin.

“Echo” is the first show under the new Marvel Spotlight banner and the first to have TV-MA rating.

You can also watch the newest trailer for the series below:

 

 

Source: EW.com

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