The Ducks are back in town. Actually, they technically never left—they've just gotten stronger. This week, Disney+ announced that Lauren Graham would lead a television series revival of The Mighty Ducks. The Parenthood and Gilmore Girls actress will lead the series, and if you're worried about whether or not it will lose the authenticity of the 1992 film—don't. The most important aspect of The Mighty Ducks isn't going to be too far behind. The day after Graham's involvement was announced, the film's original star, Emilio Estevez, signed on to reprise his role in the franchise.
The 10-episode series is currently in production and set to premiere later this year, exclusively on Disney+. The streaming platform launched just over three months ago, and has already planned a whole slate of films and series. But The Mighty Ducks boasts the most promise of anything we've seen so far. Here's everything we know so far about the reboot.
Where Does the Series Pick Up?
The Disney+ series won't be traveling back in time. Set in current-day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks are no longer the ragtag team that was featured in the 1992 film. Now, the team has become a powerhouse group that dominates the youth hockey scene. That's where Evan comes in. Played by newcomer Brady Noon, Evan is cut from the Ducks. In response, his mom Alex (Graham) steps in to rectify the ruthless act, forming her own team in hopes of toppling the juggernaut Ducks.
How Does the Original Team Fit In?
Don't worry. Reluctant lawyer-turned-hockey-coach Gordon Bombay is back. Reprising his original role, Emilio Estevez has signed onto the 10-episode series. In a statement from Disney+, the actor said, "Once a Duck, always a Duck... After 25 years, I am delighted to lace up my skates, put on Coach Bombay's jacket, and return to play the iconic character for this new chapter."
Presumably, Coach Bombay and his team have gotten pretty comfortable as the most dominant team in the league. Considering how many good vibes spawned from the '92 version, you can expect Alex, Evan, and this new team to shake things up quite a bit.
Anything Else to Know?
Though the series doesn't have a concrete premiere date, Disney+ has announced that it should drop later this year. Additionally, Estevez is acting as one of the executive producers, with Graham stepping in as a co-executive producer, so there shouldn't be any worry about quick guest appearances from either camp. Both characters seem to be heavily featured in the upcoming series.
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