Emilio Estevez is set to reprise his iconic film role of beloved Coach Gordon Bombay in the upcoming Disney+ original show, ‘The Mighty Ducks.’ Based on the 1990s hit movie franchise of the same name, the new 10-episode series will premiere later this year on the streaming service. In addition to starring in, Estevez will also serve as an executive producer on, the comedy.
“Once a Duck, always a Duck!,” the Golden Globe Award-nominated actor-producer has said. “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 in ‘The Mighty Ducks’ franchise. Likewise, I am thrilled to return to my old stomping grounds with my friends at Disney and Steve Brill, the original creator of the franchise, to join them on their exciting new platform, Disney+.”
“It was an easy decision to bring back the Quack Attack with a modern and fresh twist,” Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+, has also stated. “For a generation, ‘The Mighty Ducks’ stood for teamwork, friendship, and heart and we’re excited to see the Ducks fly together once again and bring the franchise to new audiences around the world. We are thrilled to have Emilio Estevez reprising his iconic role.”
Estevez will join previously announced series regulars Lauren Graham and Brady Noon. Also joining the cast are Swayam Bhatia, Taegen Burns, Julee Cerda, Bella Higginbotham, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Maxwell Simkins and De’Jon Watts.
The show, which is set in present day Minnesota, follows the Mighty Ducks, who have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan (Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports. With the help of Gordon Bombay (Estevez), they discover the joys of playing just for the love of the game.
‘The Mighty Ducks’ is produced by ABC Signature Studios, a part of Disney Television Studios. Brill, who’s the original creator, writer and executive producer of all three films, which spawned an NHL franchise, is back as co-creator and executive producer of the new series. Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (‘The King of Queens,’ ’13 Going On 30′) are co-creators of the series, and will also serve as showrunners.
In addition to Estevez, James Griffiths and Michael Spiller will also serve as executive producers, while Griffiths will also direct the show. In addition to starring on the show, Graham is also serving as a co-executive producer. George Heller and Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jordan Kerner will also serve as non-writing executive producers.