Emilio Estevez is set to reprise his role from the 1992 hockey comedy The Mighty Ducks and its ensuing sequels, for a new series headed to Disney+. Variety reports that Estevez will return as coach Gordon Bombay in the 10-episode series, which also recently landed Lauren Graham and Brady Noon in lead roles.
"Once a Duck, always a Duck," said Estevez upon announcing his involvement. "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. Likewise, I am thrilled to return to my old stomping grounds with my friends at Disney and Steve Brill, the original creator of the franchise, to join them on their exciting new platform, Disney+."
The news of Estevez's return was first revealed by Quack Attack, a podcast dedicated to the films that seems to have a leg up on all the trades when it comes to breaking Mighty Ducks-related news.
The Disney+ series was only officially confirmed earlier this week, but some fans were hesitant after it was revealed the titular team would be the villains in the reboot. Set in modern-day Minnesota, the show promises to follow the story of 12-year-old Evan (Noon) after he's cut from the team and forms a new one with his mother Alex (Graham).
"It was an easy decision to bring back the Quack Attack with a modern and fresh twist," said Disney+ senior vice president of content Agnes Chu. "For a generation, The Mighty Ducks stood for teamwork, friendship, and heart and we’re excited to see the Ducks fly together once again and bring the franchise to new audiences around the world. We are thrilled to have Emilio Estevez reprising his iconic role."