Lauren Graham is about to be the hockey mom of everyone's dreams. The Gilmore Girls alum has been cast as the lead in a new The Mighty Ducks series on Disney+, the company announced on Wednesday. The 10-episode original series, based on the beloved '90s franchise, will premiere later this year.
The new series is set in present-day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive youth hockey powerhouse. Graham is set to star as hockey mom Alex. When her 12-year-old son, Evan (Good Boys' Brady Noon), is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, the two set out to put together their own team of misfits and, in the words of the show's official description, "challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports."
TV Guide has also confirmed that Emilio Estevez, star of the original Mighty Ducks film trilogy, will appear in the series, reprising his role as Gordon Bombay. Steve Brill, the creator, writer, and executive producer of all three original films, told The Quack Attack podcast, who first broke the news of his casting, "I'm not going to give away a lot of his backstory or what happened to him, but let's just say he's had a rough go of it since Ducks 3. He went up, he went down, just like life — you have ups and downs. And when we find him at the beginning of our show, he's more on the down. But he's Gordon Bombay, so we'll see what happens."
Brill executive produces the new series, which he co-created alongside showrunners Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. James Griffiths and Michael Spiller will executive produce, with Griffiths directing. Graham, who currently stars on NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, will also serve as co-executive producer.
The first Mighty Ducks film premiered in 1992 and was followed by two sequels — D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks — as well as a 1996 animated series. The first film also led to the creation of an NHL franchise, the Anaheim Ducks.
Production on the new series begins this month in Vancouver.
The Mighty Ducks premieres on Disney+ later in 2020. Find out what else is available on the streaming service.
This post has been updated with confirmation of Emilio Estevez's casting.