The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Courtesy of Disney Plus)
In this 10-episode new series, the beloved Mighty Ducks team from the 1990s film franchise have evolved beyond scrappy underdog status to become an ultra-competitive powerhouse team — a team that cuts 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon), leading to the creation of a new team for which to root.
“I want you to think about all of the other kids who have been told that they’re too small or too slow, they just want to get out there and play. Let’s start our own team. All we need is an ice rink,” Lauren Graham, who plays Evan’s mom Alex, says in a teaser for the show, which you can watch above.
With a little help from Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and his Ice Palace, Evan and Alex set out to challenge the “win at all costs” culture of today’s youth sports and “rediscover the joy of playing just for love of the game.”
This new chapter in “The Mighty Ducks” story comes almost three decades after the first and is set in present-day Minnesota. In addition to Estevez, Graham and Noon, the show stars Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham and DJ Watts.
“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” comes from co-creators Steve Brill, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. Brill was the original creator, writer and executive producer of the film franchise (which also spawned an NHL franchise) and will executive produce the series alongside Goldsmith and Yuspa, who also serve as showrunners. Michael Spiller, who also directs; Estevez; Jon Avnet; Jordan Kerner; and George Heller and Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners also serve as executive producers. Graham is a co-executive producer. James Griffiths serves as executive producer and director on the pilot.
Variety's Danielle Turchiano contributed to this post.