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Disney's filming a 'Mighty Ducks' series - but not in Minnesota

A scene from Enlarge Image A scene from"The Mighty Ducks" which once starred Jussie Smollett. Everett Collection
Adrian Cunningham | 13 February, 2020, 22:41

The show will be filmed in Vancouver and premiere later this year on Disney+.

A day after announcing the casting of Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) in a lead role on the Disney+ series, The Mighty Ducks is bringing back the face of the franchise Emilio Estevez in one of his most iconic roles as Coach Gordon Bombay, who will also executive produce! Also joining the cast are actors Swayam Bhatia (Succession), Taegen Burns (I Can Only Imagine), Julee Cerda (Homeland), Bella Higginbotham (Troop Zero), Luke Islam, Kiefer O'Reilly (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Maxwell Simkins (The Book of Henry), and De'Jon Watts (The House with a Clock in Its Walls).

In this reboot, the Mighty Ducks will actually be the bad guys when they cut Evan from the now-powerhouse youth team.

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"Once a Duck, always a Duck!", said Estevez in a statement. Steve Brill, the original creator, writer and executive producer of all three films, which spawned an National Hockey League franchise, is back as co-creator and executive producer of the new series.

"It was an easy decision to bring back the Quack Attack with a modern and fresh twist", Agnes Chu, senior vp content at Disney+, said.

Emilio's gonna reprise his role as Coach Bombay and guide a ragtag group of misfits as they discover the joys of playing for the love of the game. "We are thrilled to have Emilio Estevez reprising his iconic role". Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ("The King of Queens", "13 Going On 30"), are co-creators and will serve as showrunners. Estevez, James Griffiths and Michael Spiller will serve as executive producers with Griffiths directing. Lauren Graham is co-executive producer. A second and third film followed where the team competes at the Goodwill Games and then at boarding school, and while there's now no confirmation whether any of the original Mighty Ducks cast members like Jackson or Kenan Thompson will appear in the new series, talks with Estevez are ongoing.

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