A series pilot based on the hit Witch Mountain film franchise is in the works at Disney+.
It was released to Variety that the show’s plot will follow “two teens that develop strange abilities and discover their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems.”
Leading the show’s pilot is Bryce Dallas Howard, who we all know from the Jurassic World films, Rocketman, and The Help. She will star as Audrey, who is described as “Tia’s devoted and loving mother. Her husband died from a mental illness, and she tries to reassure a fretful Tia that she shows no sign of following her father’s dark spiral. A warm mama bear type, but like everyone in this town, not everything is as it seems.”
Also introduced to the cast was Isabel Gravitt from The Watcher. Gravitt will play Tia “a straight-A student who’s regarded by her classmates as ‘perfect,’ although she regards herself as flawed. She’s terrified of failure and is plagued by nightmares and fears that her late father’s schizophrenia is starting to exhibit itself in her. Tia has ‘hallucinations’ in which people around her step outside their living bodies and voice their deepest, darkest fears and desires and rages.”
Levi Miller, previously known from Streamline and Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, will play Ben, “a troubled teen who makes ends meet by writing papers for other students, but he’s got a hot temper, and if he slugs another student, he’ll be expelled. Ben is best friends with Corey, his co-worker at the diner. He’s recently made a troubling discovery about himself, he can force others in his vicinity to move according to his will, and there’s something drawing him inexplicably in the direction of Tia.”
Bianca “b” Norwood is known from their previous work on WeCrashed, and they will play Ben’s best friend, Corey, who is dubbed “an outsider with tattoos. Corey is a very mature teen who comes across as older than they are. They are one step away from expulsion and put more care into looking like a My Chemical Romance song that became an anime fan. Corey works at the local diner alongside Ben and is in his circle of trust, but doesn’t appreciate it when he tries to act as their protector.”
Jackson Kelly (Straight Man) plays Peter, one of Tia’s closest friends. It’s described that “Peter is lovesick on the subject of Tia, but she’s unaware of his charms and equally unaware of his devotion. But when Tia expresses her concerns about the seemingly impossible happenings around them, she learns that Peter’s observant, cautious nature might be an asset in figuring out the mystery around them.”
More information on the series and cast is soon to come. Stay tuned to Nerds and Beyond for more news!