USA Network follows the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading in its new drama, Dare Me.

The series, which is “part coming-of-age story, part sport drama, part murder mystery,” is based on Megan Abbott’s novel of the same name. It centers on two girls whose friendship is strained in the wake of a new cheerleading coach who sets out to improve the team. But in the midst of all, a shocking crime rocks their small Midwestern town, exposing “the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead,” USA Networks says.

The network also revealed three versions of the series’ key art, available below:

Key art courtesy of USA Network.
Key art courtesy of USA Network.

The UCP-produced series stars Willa Fitzgerald (The Goldfinch), Herizen Guardiola (The Get Down), Marlo Kelly (Home & Away), Paul Fitzgerald (Younger), Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries), Rob Heaps (Imposters) and Alison Thornton (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce). Netflix co-produces and has first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.

Dare Me premieres Dec. 29 at 10/9c on USA.

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