The long in development Disney+ film Flora & Ulysses has found its lead. Broadway actress Matilda Lawler has landed the titular role of Flora. Lawler joins How I Met Your Mother and Parks, and Rec stars Alyson Hannigan, and Ben Schwartz who will play Flora’s parents.
Based on the popular children’s novel, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo
The story centers on the imaginative, creative and cynical 10-year-old Flora (Lawler), who could hardly predict that the little squirrel she saved from a tragic accident would be born anew and transformed into a superhero with the powers of strength, misspelled poetry and an uncanny knack for helping her and the lovable but broken people in her life become a family again.
Filming is expected to begin on Monday in Vancouver. The studio hopes to have the film ready for a 2020 release. Gil Netter is producing, and Lena Khan will direct from a Brad Copeland adapted script. Sam Dickerman is the Disney exec.