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Emilio Estevez to reprise his Mighty Ducks role for Disney+ series

The Mighty Ducks

Story by Jack Foley

EMILIO Estevez has officially closed a deal to return to The Mighty Ducks, the newly announced 10-episode scripted comedy series coming later this year to Disney+.

The Breakfast Club icon will once more report for duty as Coach Gordon Bombay, along with franchise creator Steve Brill.

The new series also stars Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Good Boys breakout Brady Noon, as well as Julee Cerda (Passengers) and youngsters Swayam Bhatia (Succession), Taegen Burns (The Right Stuff), Bella Higginbotham (Troop Zero), Luke Islam (America’s Got Talent), Kiefer O’Reilly (Legends of Tomorrow), Maxwell Simkins (Bizaardvark) and De’Jon Watts (Black Panther).

In a statement, Estevez commented: “Once a Duck, always a Duck! And 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+.”

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

The new series will be set in present-day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team.

But when 12-year-old Evan (Noon) is cut from the team, he and his mum, Alex (Graham), set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat culture of competitive youth sports.

With the help of Coach Bombay (Estevez), they discover the joys of playing just for the love of the game.

Production is set to begin this month (February) in Vancouver for a premiere late this year (2020).