Bryce Dallas Howard and Connie Britton revolve around Disney+’s ‘Witch Mountain’ series

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Last month, we announced that Disney+ was gearing up to begin production on Witch Mountain, a new series based on Disney’s long-running film franchise. Now the studio is looking to bring in a key player in a major role.

According to The Illuminerdi, the studio is in talks with actor/director Bryce Dallas Howard (The Mandalorian) for the role of Audrey, loving single mother of two teenagers, who will lead the series.

Additionally, the site reports that Connie Britton (The White Lotus) is courted for the role of Dr. Louise Schoolcraft, an intelligent and dynamic woman, whom we meet for the first time following the crash landing of an alien ship on an island. Britton would ultimately play one of the series’ antagonists.

The series is co-written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the duo behind the hit Syfy series, 12 monkeys. The producers are John Davis and John Fox, the duo behind the hit comedy game night. Davis will produce through his Davis Entertainment production banner.

The Walt Disney Company Witch Mountain the franchise is based on the 1968 science fiction novel Escape to Witch Mountain, written by Alexander Key. The events of the story follow two teenage orphans named Tony and Tia, who have paranormal abilities. The couple, who have few memories of their past, are placed in a detention center for minors by social services. After being handed over to a man who describes himself as their “uncle”, they discover his nefarious plans using them for personal gain. As the events of the book unfold, the two remember their true nature as extraterrestrial life that came to Earth, when their home planet was destroyed. The duo escape with the rest of their people, who call themselves “Castaways”.

The studio is actively recruiting Tony and Tia for the series.

The Walt Disney Company released a feature film adaptation in 1975, which was mostly faithful to the source material. The film was one of the studio’s most successful live-action films at the time. Following the positive response to the film, the franchise continued with subsequent installments, which included two sequels Back to Witch Mountain and Beyond Witch Mountainas well as a remake of Escape to Witch Mountain in 1995 and again in 2009 with Race to Witch Mountain, which starred Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig.

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