‘Elena’s very mysterious’: Meet the new steward of upcoming ‘Fantasy Island’ reboot

Ready for a vacation? This August, FOX is taking viewers to "Fantasy Island" — a luxury resort where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected.

The show is a reboot of two other "Fantasy Island" series. The original television series was created by Gene Levitt and aired from 1977 to 1984. Another one-season revival of the series aired 14 years later in 1998. 

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While the new "Fantasy Island" is similar to the original in terms of its premise, this time around, a female member of the Rourke family is in charge of running the island: Elena Rourke. 

"Women do things differently — so it’s better," Executive Producer Elizabeth Craft chuckled in a teaser for the reboot series.

The character, played by actress Roselyn Sanchez, is the grand-niece of Mr. Rourke from the original series and set aside her own ambitions, and even the love of her life, to uphold her family’s legacy.

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"Elena’s very mysterious. She’s intelligent. She’s sophisticated and she’s set aside her own ambitions so she could run the island," Sanchez said. "Having a woman in charge of the island is so meaningful to me, because it is our time, and I’m super honored to be the one carrying the responsibility." 

The series, which premieres Tuesday, Aug. 10, will dive into the emotional and provocative stories about the guests who arrive with dreams and desires.


oselyn Sánchez in the series premiere of FANTASY ISLAND airing Tuesday, Aug. 10 on FOX.

And while Elena may be the steward of the island, she doesn’t decide what the guest’s fantasy is. The island decides.

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"Over time I think the audience, and even Elena, is going to uncover more and more about who she is and about the character and it’s been wonderful and delicious to play her," Sanchez continued.


Roselyn Sánchez in the series premiere of Fantasy Island (Miller Mobley/FOX)

The modern drama series will delve into the "what if" questions — both big and small — that keep these characters up at night and will shine a light on the transformation they experience through the magical realism of "Fantasy Island."

You can watch the all-new version of the classic show Tuesday evenings at 9 ET/10 PT on FOX. "Fantasy Island" premieres August 10.

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