‘The Mighty Ducks’ Reboot: Character Descriptions for Disney+ Series Reveal Key Aspects of Show
There hasn’t been much news about the untitled The Mighty Ducks reboot at Disney+ since it was first announced earlier this year. Now, new alleged casting descriptions have surfaced and the reveal what could be the direction of the show.
What we know so far about the reboot
In January 2018, The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that the show was in development from ABC Signature Studios before a specific network was attached. By November 2018, the project landed at Disney+.
In November 2019, /Film reported the logline of the series: “After getting kicked off the junior division Mighty Ducks team, a 13-year-old boy and his mom decide to start their own team, finding players, a coach, and a place to play.” According to /Film’s report, the series will begin shooting in Vancouver in February 10, 2020 and run through June 1, 2020.
The original franchise consisted of three films: The Mighty Ducks (1992), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994), and D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996).
The movies chronicled a youth hockey team in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and the various trials and obstacles they encounter. An animated series, with actual Daffy Duck-esque characters, ran from 1996-1997.
Two reported descriptions of supporting characters
While there is still no specific description for the 13-year-old lead, the website The Illuminerdi revealed two reported character descriptions for two supporting characters — Adib and Jaden. One of the characters will be of African descent and the other is described as “heavy-set.” Although it’s still early, it looks like the diversity of the cast will be an important part of this reboot.
Diversity was something that was crucial in the film series, so it would only be right if this followed through for the new television version.
You can read the character descriptions in full from The Illuminerdi below:
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.
You should expect the untitled series to hit Disney+ in Fall 2020 at the absolute earliest.