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'Roswell: New Mexico': Everything you need to know about the 'Roswell' reboot

The reboot will see Liz returning to that the town which holds one of the most extraordinary secrets in the world.

After the aliens graduated from high school in 2002, they fled the town along with their human allies in order to seek refuge from the constant threat by the government. Almost a decade and a half later, the Roswell teens are returning, but this time we will not see the cast who had introduced us to some of the most iconic characters in the '90s sci-fi show. Coming from writer Carina Adly MacKenzie ('Originals'), 'Roswell: New Mexico' which is based on the Melinda Metz's book, 'Roswell High' will probably pick up from where the original Jason Katims-created drama had left, back in 2002.

While the show is all prepared to once again bring the memories of the '90s show which had defined the '90s teen with all their sci-fi obsessions, here's what we know about the reboot till now:

What is it about?

The CW's description of the show reads as "More than maybe anywhere else on Earth, Roswell, New Mexico is ground zero for those who seek proof that aliens exist. Roswell native Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) left it all behind 10 years ago due to a tragedy, but after the government cuts funding on her biomedical research, she reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with her father. When Liz arrives, she reconnects with Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons), her teenage crush, who is now a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly sparked but Liz soon learns a difficult truth about Max."

While most other alien beings are keeping their identities secrets, even from their loved ones, the show will also bring in political aspects such as the immigration crisis. Liz herself is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, and with the show heavily relying in New Mexico- a place populated with immigrants- it is bound to touch on topics like racism, fear, and bigotry that are plaguing the country at the moment. 

Who is in the cast?

A lot of good looking humans and human-alien hybrids just like the original cast. While the characters continue to be the same, picking up from where they had left decades ago, this time Jeanine Mason will play the role of Liz Ortecho while Nathan Parsons will play her teen-life sweetheart, Max. Also starring Heather Hemmens, Jessica Treska, Michael Trevino, and Michael Vlamis, who will take up the roles of Maria, Isobel, Kyle, and Michael, respectively. 

What is the story based on? 

We all know the legend that went behind the creation of the original 1999 show, and let's just the say the legend continues in the reboot, too. The quiet town of Roswell, which is mostly populated with Indians, Spaniards, longhorn cattle, chili farmers, and plenty of cowboys, suddenly became alive when in 1947 pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing a disc-shaped object flying at high speed near Mt Ranier in Washington. Soon, reporters, scientists and other alien-enthusiasts began pouring into the town where a large amount of strange debris was seen spread throughout an area of about 200 yards.

However, the whole controversy was soon done away with when Brigadier General Roger Ramey, the head of the Eighth Air Force in Fort Worth, Texas claimed that the whole argument was untrue since it was nothing more than a weather balloon with a radar target attachment. However, one alleged report had stated that the military had been watching an unidentified flying object on the radar for four days in southern New Mexico, when they detected that the object was on the ground on July 4, 1947. Probably this is the part on which 'Roswell, New Mexico' will base its story on. 

The show is being executive produced by Julie Plec and Lawrence Bender. With Plec set to direct, it will involve production companies such as  Amblin Television, Bender-Brown Productions, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television (previously produced from Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television). 'Roswell" New Mexico' airs on the CW January 15, 2019.