Casting is underway for the new Disney+ series, The Mighty Ducks, and The Illuminerdi has uncovered shooting details, along with a in-depth breakdown of two supporting characters.
This past Fall, the Walt Disney Co. jumped headfirst into the streaming wars with their eagerly anticipated Disney+ application. The service boasts a growing library of previously released Disney films and shows, combined with the promise of an abundance of blockbuster content down the road. The new app has made an immediate name for itself with the hit show, The Mandalorian, while a legion of subscribers eagerly await the millions of dollars in original programming expected in the coming years.
Another project that’s been quietly developing in the background is the reboot of The Mighty Ducks franchise, led by the original film’s screenwriter, Steven Brill. The upcoming Disney+ series will follow 13-year old Evan, who after being cut from the Mighty Ducks junior division team, gets an assist from his mother to assemble their own ragtag hockey squad. The show will then follow their recruitment efforts to find unlikely players, a coach, and even a place to play.
We did some digging and were able to uncover some interesting tidbits on The Mighty Ducks reboot. It will begin shooting in Vancouver in February and you can expect a ten-episode first season, with each episode clocking in at around 30 minutes. We also have unearthed character breakdowns for two supporting characters, both of which may shed some more light on the direction of the Disney+ show:
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Adib Samitar/”Sam” is an 11 to 13 year old African American or Somali boy. Sam has mastered skateboard riding and always does things his way. The thrill-seeker rarely turns down a challenge, even deciding to befriend Evan after a violent collision on his trusty board. He joins the squad after realizing that he will be allowed to be a renegade.
Jaden Koobler/”Koob” is an 11 to 13 year old boy, who is said to be heavyset. Koob will never be mistaken for an Olympian, but instead is a hardcore video game player whose skin is pale from long hours of marathon gaming in his downstairs man cave. Though he rarely breaks focus from his monitors, he proves to have an almost superhuman level of dexterity and reflexes that are worthy of a kung-fu master. Koob is wary of joining the squad and will need to be dragged out of his safe space.
The character descriptions appear to signal that each team member will have a hidden talent that is initially viewed as a detriment. Only after being introduced to hockey and teamwork will they discover all of their hidden potential and flourish. Judging by the descriptions, Sam seems destined to be a kamikaze-styled defensive player, while Koob’s advanced hand to eye coordination is a clear indication that he’s unknowingly born to play the role of goalie.
The detailed casting breakdown also points to a diverse and eclectic cast in the upcoming reboot. An element that set the original movie apart from the crowd in 1992 and is as relevant as ever in 2020 and beyond. It’s hard to question the wisdom in rebooting the 90’s franchise that many regard as one of the best sports films of its era. A movie so influential that it ultimately inspired the name of a NHL team. (Thanks in part to some Disney corporate synergy.)
Nostalgic reboots are all the rage today, ranging from Star Wars to Cobra Kai. These memberberries continue raking in the dough on both big and small screens, so it’s clear that this calculated effort from the Mouse House will likely be well-received by Disney+ subscribers.
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