If you were a kid in the early 2000s, there is no way you haven’t heard of Disney’s Kim Possible. Between the show’s catchy opening song, a lot of kids grew up with Kim and her sidekick, Ron Stoppable.
In February of this year, Disney announced that they would be developing a live-action adaptation of the well-loved series. Since then, a stream of updates have their way onto the news cycle. Of course, there are some familiar faces.
According to Collider, Alyson Hannigan, famous for her role as Lily in How I Met Your Mother, has signed onto the movie. The actress, whose career skyrocketed after starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, would be playing Kim Possible’s mom, Dr. Ann Possible.
Aside from Hannigan, Disney has also confirmed the lucky actress who gets to play the iconic titular role. 16-year-old South Carolina native, Sadie Stanley, will playing Kim Possible. Aside from Sadie, Sean Giambrone, who is currently on ABC’s The Goldbergs, will also be playing Ron Stoppable.
Disney Channel senior Vice-President, Judy Taylor, has since gushed about the casting. Taylor is excited to see Sadie and Sean playing the roles. According to the Disney executive, the two young actors are perfect for the role – their chemistry is just right to play the characters:
“Sadie delivers Kim’s confidence, smarts, and agility; most importantly, she’s an everyday girl with an extraordinary spirit. Sean is such a magnetic actor; he always finds the right balance of physical comedy and heart. We’re excited for audiences to see Sadie and Sean bring these iconic roles to life.”
The original creators of the series, Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, have also been tapped to write the live-action adaptation. Adam Bonnett, executive vice president of Disney Channel worldwide, explained that it made sense to bring back the creators of Kim Possible. The network is excited to have them back and the production is excited to bring these two-dimensional characters to life:
“Mark and Bob created an enduring character and kids all over the world found a friend in her, an average girl who just happens to spend her off-school hours thwarting evil villains. Although Kim Possible ‘can do anything,’ kids and tweens found that this animated redhead was just like them. As we embark on the fun challenge of making Kim and Ron fully dimensional, I’m thrilled to be working again with Mark and Bob and to welcome the addition of a dynamic creative team.” quipped Bonnett in a report by Collider.
The live-action Kim Possible movie has drawn very polarizing opinions from fans who grew up watching the series. While they are excited, some are apprehensive about how Disney would update and bring the characters into the present. Meanwhile, others are concerned over the casting for the film. They don’t think the actors are right for the iconic roles.
Disney has yet to confirm the exact date the live-action movie would hit the small screen. However, according to reports, the movie should be released in 2019.