Disney Channel has confirmed the additional casting for the “Kim Possible” original movie set to release in 2019. The network announced this week that Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Connie Ray (“The Big C”) have both signed on to the live-action Disney Channel Original Movie.
The movie will be based on the hit animated series of the same name, the original series followed a high school girl who, in her spare time, saved the world from villains. Hannigan will play the role of brain surgeon Dr. Ann Possible (aka Mom Possible) and Ray will play grandmother Nana Possible.
Also joining the cast are Todd Stashwick (“12 Monkeys”) and Taylor Ortega who will play fan-favorite villains Drakken and Shego, respectively; Ciara Wilson (“OMG!”) has been cast as new high school student Athena; and Erika Tham (“Make It Pop”) will play Kim’s childhood frenemy, Bonnie.
They join the previously announced leads, Sadie Stanley as Kim Possible and Sean Giambrone as Ron Stoppable, in the comedy-adventure set to debut in 2019.
Hannigan can also be heard as the voice of Fancy Nancy’s mom, Claire Clancy, in Disney Junior’s upcoming animated series “Fancy Nancy,” based on the New York Times bestselling books.
The writers of the “Kim Possible” live-action movie are the creators of the animated series, Emmy Award-winning Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (“Big Hero 6 The Series,” “The Penguins of Madagascar”), and Josh Cagan (“The DUFF,” “Bandslam”). The executive producers are McCorkle, Schooley and Zanne Devine, whose producing credits include “I, Tonya” and “Easy A.” The movie will be co-directed and co-produced by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky (both of Disney XD’s “MECH-X4”). Blyth Nailling (ABC’s “Last Man Standing” and “Scrubs”) is the casting director.
The animated comedy-adventure series launched in 2002 and centered on a strong teenager who uses her brain, heart and expertise to save the day. Throughout 87 episodes, Kim Possible traversed the social hierarchy of high school and, with her loyal sidekick Ron Stoppable and his naked mole-rat Rufus by her side, thwarted power-hungry villains Drakken and Shego, among others. It inspired two popular animated original movies, “Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama” in 2005, which was the first animated title in the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, and “Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time” in 2003.
The Emmy Award-winning series garnered additional accolades from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Awards and Italy’s Pulcinella Award for Best Program and Best TV Series for Children.