Based on the three-film series of the same name, which was released between 1992 and 1996, the upcoming TV series brings a whole new story to the classic feel-good ice hockey series fans know and love. Although it has a completely different plot and a whole new cast of characters (minus Coach Bombay, played by Hollywood legend Emilio Estevez), The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will take place in Minnesota just like the original movies.
According to Disney+’s official summary, the series will follow the story of a 12-year-old boy, named Evan, who gets cut from the Ducks, an “ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team.” He and his mom team up with Coach Bombay to find a new group of hockey-playing misfits and coach them to the top.
“Once a Duck, always a Duck!,” Emilio told Us Weekly in February 2020 after it was announced that he would be reprising the iconic role. “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.”
In 1992, viewers were introduced to a young cocky lawyer named Gordon Bombay who met a misfit group of peewee hockey players while completing a community service requirement. After coaching them to stardom and forming the Ducks hockey team, Bombay became a total hero. Now, he’s back and better than ever! We can’t wait to watch as he coaches a new group of players, and see some familiar faces from the past.
Just ahead of the show’s March 2021 premiere, Entertainment Weekly revealed that some original The Mighty Ducks cast members would be headed back to the ice. “He is reminded of the values that he instilled in them when they were young that led them to go on to lead productive lives, and that these were lessons they’d never forgotten, and maybe he did,” Emilio told the publication about Coach Bombay and the team’s sure-to-be epic reunion. “Maybe he wasn’t feeling like he was as valuable to their lives as he was, and he rediscovers that.”
Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls fame will also appear in the show as Alex. When chatting about her character during a March 2021 E! News interview, the actress teased she’s “a little bit of an underdog.”
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