The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers cast, trailer, release date - and will the Disney Plus reboot see a Ducks reunion?

The new TV show follows on from the original Mighty Ducks films from the 1990s, featuring Emilio Estevez as ice hockey coach Gordon Bombay
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The Mighty Ducks are back in a new series set to be released on Disney Plus.

The Ducks reboot follows on from the three-film franchise of the same name which first hit the big screen almost 30 years ago and soared in popularity through the mid-1990s.

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The trilogy told the story of a group of scrappy ice hockey misfits from Minnesota who were gelled together by the local legendary figure of Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estevez.

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As the series shows the Ducks have come a long way since then, though some familiar faces remain from the original films - here’s what we know about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

What is The Mighty Ducks reboot about?

Set in present day Minnesota, in America, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from plucky underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team.

After 12-year-old Evan is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mum Alex set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports.

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With the help of a Ducks icon, they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.

Who is in the new Mighty Ducks cast?

Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) has been cast in the lead role of Alex Morrow who encourages her son Evan, played by Brady Noon (Boardwalk Empire), to continue to play ice hockey.

Emilio Estevez reprises his role of Gordon Bombay for the Disney Plus series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. (Pic: Disney)Emilio Estevez reprises his role of Gordon Bombay for the Disney Plus series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. (Pic: Disney)
Emilio Estevez reprises his role of Gordon Bombay for the Disney Plus series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. (Pic: Disney)

Graham will star alongside Emilio Estevez, who reprises his role as lawyer turned hockey coach Gordon Bombay, to help the new group of ragtag kids on their way to loving the game.

They will be joined by Swayam Bhatia, Taegen Burns, Julee Cerda. Bella Higginbotham, Luke Islam, Kiefer O'Reilly, Maxwell Simkins, De'Jon Watts in the series.

Will there be a Mighty Ducks reunion?

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It appears that a number of the original Mighty Ducks cast from the ‘90s films will be showing their faces once more in the new TV series set to be released in 2021.

Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive shot of six of the original cast members in their Duck uniforms alongside their old ice hockey coach, positioned in the ‘flying V’ formation.

Elden Henson, Matt Doherty, Vinny La Russo, Marguerite Moreau, Garrette Henson, and Justin Wong are expected to reprise their roles from The Mighty Ducks films for the sixth episode.

Could there be room for one or two others, namely Joshua Jackson of Dawson’s Creek fame who played Charlie Conway in the original film, to join them…?

When is the new Mighty Ducks series out?

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The Disney Plus remake has had a long road leading up to its release, after it was given the nod in January 2018 to develop a series based on the original Mighty Ducks films.

Writer Steven Brill returns to pen the new 10-episode series.

Filming was disrupted by the Covid pandemic in early 2020 and was rescheduled twice before it was announced that it could officially begin in August ahead of a 2021 release.

The first episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will be available from Friday 26 March on Disney Plus, with new episodes expected to drop each Friday from 8am.

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