90s kids are having a field day with all the announcements coming out about their favorite properties seeing a revival on Disney Plus. First Josh Peck was cast in the “Turner & Hooch” series, then Rick Moranis makes his long-awaited return to acting alongside Josh Gad in “Shrunk” (based off of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids). Now, everyone’s favorite hockey coach is returning for Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks” series.
Emilio Estevez will reprise his iconic role as Coach Gordon Bombay in Disney Plus’ “The Mighty Ducks.” The 10-episode series based on the 90s phenomenon will premiere later this year. Estevez will also serve as an executive producer with the original creator, Steve Brill, returning as co-creator and executive producer of the new series.
Estevez will join recently cast Lauren Graham and Brady Noon. Swayam Bhatia, Taegen Burns, Julee Cerda, Bella Higginbotham, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Maxwell Simkins, and De’Jon Watts are also joining the team.
“Once a Duck, always a Duck!,” said Emilio Estevez, “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+.”
“It was an easy decision to bring back the Quack Attack with a modern and fresh twist,” said Agnes Chu, Senior Vice President, Content, Disney. “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.”
Disney has released an official synopsis for the series which will be a continuation of the original film franchise:
In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks 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.
Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (“The King of Queens,” “13 Going On 30”) are co-creators and will serve as showrunners. Alongside Estevez and Brill will be James Griffiths and Michael Spiller, serving as executive producers with Griffiths directing. Lauren Graham is a co-executive producer.