Disney+ is gearing up for its highly anticipated launch this November, and now, yet another original movie will be making its way to the platform.
Disney announced today that production has officially begun on the Disney+ original movie, Flora and Ulysses, based on the award-winning children’s book of the same name. The film will be directed by Lena Khan, who made waves with her first feature film, The Tiger Hunter, which released in 2017 and was financed by crowdfunding. The comedy about a South Asian Muslim immigrant attempting to find his way in 1970s America garnered positive reviews for Khan, a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and spotlighted her talents as a Muslim woman behind the camera.
Flora & Ulysses tells the story of 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, who saves a squirrel she names Ulysses only to have its unique superhero powers wreak havoc in a series of humorous, antic-filled adventures that ultimately change Flora’s life—and her outlook—forever.
Matilda Lawler will take on the role of Flora, marking her film debut. She currently stars on Broadway as Honor Carney in Jez Butterworth’s Tony Award–winning play The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes. Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) plays Flora’s romance-writer mother, Phyllis, and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) plays the role of her world-weary, estranged father, George. Newcomer Benjamin Evans Ainsworth will play William, Flora’s newfound, but annoying, friend, and Danny Pudi (Community) joins the cast as Miller, an overly zealous animal control officer.
The film is produced by Academy Award nominated film producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side). James Powers (The Maze Runner series) and Katterli Frauenfelder (Dumbo) are the executive producers. The screenplay was written by Brad Copeland (Ferdinand).
Andrew Dunn (Crazy Stupid Love) serves as director of photography, Michael Fitzgerald as production designer, Lee Haxall (Always Be My Maybe) as editor, and Mona May (Santa Clarita Diet) as costume designer.