The Disney Channel Original Movie Minutemen premiered on January 25, 2008.
Starring Jason Dolley (Virgil Fox), Nicholas Braun (Zeke Thompson), Luke Benward (Charlie Tuttle), Chelsea Kane (Stephanie Jameson), Kara Crane (Jeanette Pachelewski), Steven R. McQueen (Derek Beaugard) and Dexter Darden (Chester), the fan-favorite flick told the story of a high school outcast named Virgil and his group of friends who figure out a way to time travel in order to make themselves more popular.
After standing up for his school’s nerdy kid, Charlie, Virgil who finds himself exiled by the popular kids. Now that he and Charlie each other’s only friends, they recruit a car junkie named Zeke to help them build a time machine. At first, the three teens have plans to go back in time and adjust Virgil’s past so he can become one of the popular kids. Then, people start to find out that the trio — nicknamed the Snowsuit Guys — can travel through time and they quickly become hometown heroes. Virgil, Charlie and Zeke are eventually forced to save everyone after it’s discovered that their time machine created a black hole in the space-time continuum.
While chatting with Teen Vogue in January 2019, Luke reflected on his Disney Channel days and shared that playing Charlie in Minutemen was one of his fondest memories.
“I played the super-genius who created a time machine. I remember I asked if I could go in [for the part], and my agent reached out and came back and was basically like, ‘They just don’t see you for it. They don’t think you can play nerdy.’ I was like, bump that. I’m going in. I’m going full in,” the actor recalled. “I came in with a butt part where I slicked it back, I went all out, I may have even changed my voice a little bit. Then I found out that last minute, they had someone in mind and I came in and Charlie Tuttled out. But I love that character.”
Luke added, “Disney fit the mold much better for growing with my craft. It gave me room to explore, and I loved it.”
Now, Luke has become a household name having starred in tons of well-known projects over the years. And he’s not the only Minutemen star still killing it in Hollywood. Click through our gallery to find out what the cast of Minutemen is up to now.
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