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Disney chooses Josh Duhamel to replace Emilio Estevez

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Jupiter’s Legacy alum Josh Duhamel will replace Emilio Estevez as the new male lead in Season 2 of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers on Disney+.

Disney+ has operated Jupiter’s Legacy alum Josh Duhamel to replace Emilio Estevez as the new male lead in season 2 of The Mighty Ducks: The Game Changers.

Duhamel will play a former NHL player turned coach named Gavin Cole, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cole is described as inspirational, charming and a strong believer in using hockey as a metaphor for life. The new season will see Cole lead an intense summer hockey institute attended by the new Mighty Ducks.

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It was revealed in November 2021 that Estevez would not be returning as Coach Gordon Bombay for Season 2 of game changers. While it was initially reported that the actor refused to comply with the production’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine requirement, Estevez later released a statement claiming that a contract dispute was the real reason for his departure.


“I want to talk about what happened and clarify some lies that appeared in an article about my decision to leave. The Mighty Ducks: The Game Changers“, explained the actor. “In the final analysis, it was nothing more than a good old contractual dispute and not, as some would believe, an anti-vaccine position. While I can’t speak for anyone else when it comes to this polarizing and sensitive issue, I have my own lived experience.”

Duhamel joins a cast that includes Season 1 stars Lauren Graham and Brady Noon. Meanwhile, Season 2 of game changers will also see the return of showrunners Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, who are credited with co-creating the series alongside Steven Brill.


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Season 1 of game changers followed a new team of hockey-playing underdogs called the Don’t Bothers, who recruited the former Bombay Ducks coach to help them prepare for the ultimate game against the now mighty Mighty Ducks junior team. The season finale ended with the Don’t Bothers defeating the Ducks and earning the “Mighty Ducks” name for their own organization.

The Season 1 finale (“State of Play”) of game changerits also paid homage to the original mighty ducks trilogy with three familiar reminders. Eagle-eyed fans of the original films noticed that the Don’t Bothers stood for the national anthem, much like the Ducks did against the Hawks in the original film. Additionally, the Don’t Bothers team wore the original Mighty Ducks jerseys, with Sofi (Sway Bhatia) wearing Adam Banks’ jersey number 99 and Evan (Noon) wearing Charlie Conway’s iconic number 93.


Created by mighty ducks screenwriter Steven Brill with Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Season 1 of The Mighty Ducks: The Game Changers is streaming now on Disney+. Season 2 does not yet have a release date.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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