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Bryce Dallas Howard to helm franchise reboot for Disney+

Bryce Dallas Howard to helm franchise reboot for Disney+

After surviving several Jurassic Worlds, Bryce Dallas Howard is now on the run Witch Mountainas a star in Disney+’s series “reimagining” of the long-dormant film series.

The Witch Mountain franchise began way back in 1975, children, med Escape to Witch Mountainwhich was followed years later by Return to Witch Mountain and then Beyond Witch Mountain. In 1995, the original film was recreated for TV as Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountainwhile 2009 brought us The race to the witch mountaina theatrical adaptation of, well, Escape to Witch Mountain.

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Set in the shadow of the titular party, the series pilot ordered to Disney+ will follow two teenagers who develop strange abilities and in turn discover that their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems.

Isabel Gravitt (The Watcher) and Levi Miller (A wrinkle in time) will play said teenagers, Tia and Ben, while Howard will play Audrey, Tia’s loving mother. Audrey’s husband died of a mental illness, and ever since she has tried to reassure Tia that she shows no signs of following her father’s dark spiral. Audrey is described as a “warm mama bear, but like everyone in this town, not everything is what it seems.”

Gravitt’s Tia is a straight-A student who nevertheless sees herself as flawed, plagued as she is by fears that her late father’s schizophrenia is starting to show in her. See, Tia experiences “hallucinations” where people around her step outside their living bodies and express their deepest, darkest fears and desires and rages…

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Miller’s Ben makes ends meet by writing assignments for other students – even though he has a hot temper and is in danger of being expelled. Ben recently made a disturbing discovery about himself, that he can force others around him to move according to his will.

The Witch Mountain pilot cast also includes Bianca “b” Norwood (WeCrashed) as Ben’s closest friend Corey, a very mature, tattooed teenager who feels older than they are, and Jackson Kelly (The case of Pam) as Peter, Tia’s closest male friend whose observant nature can be an asset in the wake of seemingly impossible events around them.

Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producers along with director Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria), John Fox and John Davis, and Gary Marsh.

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