Princess Elena, Disney Princess, Elena of AvalorDisney Junior is spinning off its popular "Sophia the First" TV series, and with it, introducing a new princess to the fold: Elena.

The teenage Latina princess will star in her own show, "Elena of Avalor," and will be introduced during an episode of "Sophia." Elena, per Variety, "has been trapped for decades in the signature jeweled amulet that is one of best-known elements of the current kiddie series."

The synopsis continues:

In the series, Sofia discovers how Princess Elena was trapped inside the amulet, and sets about to help Elena regain her human form and return to the kingdom of Avalor. Elena was trapped in the jewel after trying to protect her little sister and grandparents from Shuriki, an evil sorceress. The 16-year-old character will rule Avalor with help from characters like Grandfather Tito, Grandmother Cici and Duke Esteban, a royal advisor. She will also have friends: Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a magical flying creature.

Actress Aimee Carrero (ABC Family series "Young & Hungry") will voice Elena.

"What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, in a statement.

Elena's episode of "Sophia the First" is currently in production, and will air sometime in 2016. Her standalone series "Elena of Avalor" will debut sometime later that year.

[via: Variety]

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